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Portrait of Giovanni Bressani (1490 - 1560)

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Portrait of Giovanni Bressani (1490 - 1560) 1562

On Display Scottish National Gallery

Moroni's vivid portrayal of the distinguished writer from Bergamo, Bressiani, was painted two years after the author's death. His outward gaze and the way in which he turns in his chair contribute to the work's striking impact. The table provided a surface for the display of objects associated with Bressiani, who is shown holding a pen and paper. Alongside bound volumes and sheets of verse, are an inkwell in the shape of a foot, and an early form of blotter, called a pounce-pot, which was used for sprinkling sand over wet ink.


  • Acc. No. NG 2347
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 116.20 x 88.80 cm (framed: 143.51 x 110.49 x 12.70 cm) Original painted area: 114.20 x 81.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased by Private Treaty 1977