Portrait of a Lay Brother, Giovanni Battista Moroni
Giovanni Battista Moroni
Portrait of a Lay Brother
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Giovanni Battista Moroni

Portrait of a Lay Brother, ca. 1559 – 1560


Dimensions
55.4 x 50.5 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
904
Acquisition
Acquired in 1843 as a gift from Johann David Passavant
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The artist Giovanni Battista Moroni painted the portraits of an unusually large number of ordinary people throughout his native region between Bergamo and Albino, but they have all remained anonymous. This is also true of this lay brother wearing the white habit of his monastic order. In this likeness the artist chose an attractive three-quarter pose instead of the rigorous profile. He was thus able to show to better effect the monk's weather-beaten face with its strong facial features and raised eyebrow.

About the Acquisition

Johann David Passavant (1787–1861) trained for a commercial career in Frankfurt, but then worked as a painter and art historian. The year 1839 saw the publication of his book ‘Raphael of Urbino and his father Giovanni Santi’ (English edition, 1872), which he dedicated to the Städel Museum’s “most estimable administration”. In 1840 Passavant assumed the position of Städel ‘gallery inspector’. He donated this painting to the museum during his lifetime, and his bequest of 1861 brought the Städel further Old Master works.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of a Lay Brother
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
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Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1843 as a gift from Johann David Passavant

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11P31521 monk(s), friar(s)
  • 61B111(+52) anonymous historical person portrayed alone (+ (full) bust portrait)
Secondary

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24.11.2020