Object Lessons: Slice of Truth, the Reality of the Renaissance
The first major loan of 2013 comes to the Timken Museum of Art from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Giovanni Battista Moroni (1525-1578) is one of the most significant painters from 16th-century Bergamo, Italy. The Portrait of Mario Benvenuti (ca. 1560), one of the artist's masterworks, will be on display at the Timken beginning May 2. The Timken installation marks the first appearance of this remarkable portrait in the western United States. The painting will be showcased alongside the Timken's own Lady in a Green Dress by Bartolomeo Veneto, another great Italian portraitist, who painted the fashionably dressed lady 30 years earlier. Both paintings are highly regarded as examples of the trend toward realism and naturalism in 16th-century northern Italian portraiture. Moroni’s portrait will be on view until September 8.