This is one of the panels of the high altarpiece of the church of S. Alessandro, Brescia. It shows Saint Filippo Benizzi, who was the fifth general of the Servites, the order to whom the church belonged.
Artist Biography: Romanino was the leading painter, with Moretto, of Brescia in the first half of the 16th century. His style differs from Moretto's in the heightened expressiveness of the figures and landscape. This is due to the impact of Dürer and German art.
Like Lotto, Romanino was active as a painter of frescoes and altarpieces - and occasional portraits - over a wide area of northern Italy, including Padua, Cremona and Trento. Brescia remained his chief place of residence and he became a municipal councillor there in 1559. His son-in-law was the painter Lattanzio Gambara, with whom he collaborated.
The influence of Giorgione and Titian is apparent in Romanino's handling of paint, and in his treatment of subjects.
Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1857
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