Works to be restored within 2000/2001 programme

Giovan Battista Moroni (Albino 1520/4 - Bergamo 1578)
Portrait of Giovanni Antonio Pantera
Oil on canvas 81x63 cm
Uffizi Gallery - Florence

The identity of the man portrayed could be deduced from the book he holds in his left hand and which, on the basis of the iscription on the back cover is Monarchia del Nostro Signore Gesł Cristo, a religious work published in Venice in 1545 by the poet Giovanni Antonio Pantera. Therefore he was already identified as the subject of Moroni's painting in the nineteenth century. The attribution to the Lombard artist, who was one of the greatest sixteenth century portraitists (and not only in Italy) was never questioned precisely because of the poetic and at the same time strong naturalism that distinguished this painting.

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