Giovan Battista Moroni (Albino, Bergamo 1524 - 1578). As an apprentice to Moretto, he redeveloped the portrait genre. During the council era, Moroni was called to Trento by the Madrusso family, for whom he painted the Portrait of Gian Ludovico (National Gallery, Washington) and Gian Federico (Artistic Institute, Chicago).
On his return to Albino, his work intensified and he received commissions around Brescia and Bergamo, working on many religiously inspired works, including the Burial of Christ (1566, Accademia Carrara, Bergamo). Despite the highly suggestive elements of some of his sacred art paintings, Moroni’s portraits illustrate a new style of painting.
Realism, attention to detail and introspective analysis accompany a description of the surroundings. Painted with cold tones, Moroni’s characters refuse to be labelled; the artist only intended to loyally reflect reality.
Worth mentioning, among his other works, The Tailor (National Gallery, London), from 1557 "The Abbess Lucrezia Agliardi" (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), from 1560 "Man in Pink" (Moroni Collection, Bergamo) and from 1563, "Pietro Secco Suardo" (Uffizi, Florence).