Moretto da Brescia (originally Alessandro Bonvicino), Italian painter, active mainly in his native Brescia and the neighbourhood. He was a pupil of Titian
and certainly his influence is apparent in Moretto s work. He was the leading Brescian painter of his day and had a large practice as a painter of altarpieces and other religious works, the best of which display an impressive gravity and a poetic feeling for nature ( St Giustina with a Donor).
However, his portraits, although much less numerous, are considered to be generally of higher quality and of greater importance historically. It seems likely that he introduced the independent full-length portrait to Italy, for although Vasari credits Titian
with this distinction. Moretto s Portrait of a Gentleman
of 1526 in the National Gallery, London, antedates any known example by Titian
by several years. He passed on the thoughtful qualities to his pupil Moroni.
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