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An Adoring Angel

Moretto da Bresciaabout 1540

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

This panel and another 'Angel' are the outsides of the wings of an altarpiece, probably from a triptych. The inside of the wings were painted with images of 'Saint Joseph' and 'Saint Jerome', also in the Collection. The central image of the altarpiece, presumably of the Virgin, is lost. When the two panels were shut, the inscriptions would read 'Ave Regina Coelorvm' (Hail Queen of Heaven).

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  • Title: An Adoring Angel
  • Creator: Moretto da Brescia
  • Date Created: about 1540
  • Physical Dimensions: 153.9 x 54 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • School: Italian (Bergamo)
  • Inventory number: NG2090
  • Artist Biography: Alessandro Bonvicino (called Moretto) was, with Romanino, the leading painter of Brescia in the early 16th century, when the town became part of the Venetian empire. Moretto's work was strongly influenced by Giorgione and Titian, and he may have trained in Titian's studio, though he retained much of the naturalism associated with painting in Lombardy in the 16th century. The majority of Moretto's paintings are large-scale canvases painted for religious foundations in and around Brescia. Portraits by him are rarer, though he excelled in portraiture, passing on his skills to his most famous pupil, Moroni.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906

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