Moretto Da Brescia

Moretto Da Brescia a distinguished Italian artist of Titian's school, and sometimes called Bonvicino, was born, according to Lanzi, in 1514, and was the first to introduce Titian's style to his native district. His picture of St. Niccolo, painted for the Madonna de Miracoli, is in Titian's best manner. He was mostly employed in his native province, distinguishing himself more by his delicacy than by his grandeur of handling. A fine specimen of this last qualification, however, may be seen in his terrific picture of Elias in the old cathedral. His picture of St. Lucia, in the church of St. Clemente, is not so much studied as that of St. Catharine, and even this yields to his painting of the great altar, representing Our Lady in the air, with the titular and other saints seen below. An altar-piece, consisting of various saints, at St. Andrea, in Bergamo, another at St. Giorgioj in Verona, with the Fall of St. Paul, at Milan, are all of the most finished composition. A work entitled the Flagellation, in the Museo Tosi at Brescia, is remarkably fine; also the Murder of the Innocents, in the church of St. Giovanni Evangelista at Brescia. The time of his death is unknown. See Lanzi, History of Painting (transl. by Roscoe), 2:180; Mrs. Jameson and Eastlake's History of Our Lord, 1:271; 2:98.

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