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On my virtual museum tour of The National Gallery, there were two pieces of art that
really stood out and caught my attention. The two pieces of art were A Knight with his Jousting
Helmet and Portrait of a Gentleman with his Helmet on a Column. The artist of both pieces was
Giovanni Battista Moroni.
Giovanni Battista Moroni, a native of Albino, Italy, is the artist of both of my selected
portraits. He is noted for being “the most famous North Italian portrait specialist of the 16th
century” (Royal Academy of Arts, n.d.) Famed for his gift for capturing the exact likeness of his
sitters, he created portraits that are as penetrating and powerful now as they were more than 400
years ago. Moroni portraits were described as lifelike, and the women sitters displayed elegance
beyond anyone’s imagination. (Royal Academy of Arts, n.d.)
The first portrait is titled A Knight with his Jousting Helmet. This oil on canvas (medium)
portrait was believed to be made between the years of 1554-1558. The reason I chose this
portrait is because of the respect I have and the sheer courage it takes to perform the duties of a
soldier/knight. Regardless of the time in history or the country, serving among the forces that
protects people is very honorable. It appears that the soldier/knight just returned from battle and
removed his suit of armor; with sword in hand, he takes a few minutes to stop and reflect.
After studying this portrait, I think Giovanni Battista Moroni’s message was to show the
human side of a soldier/knight with the appearance of the brace on his knee, the apparent injured
foot, and the suit of armor at his feet. The portrait shows the lighter and more human side of the
knight after war or just completing a jousting fight.
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The second portrait is titled Portrait of a Gentleman with his Helmet on a Column Shaft.
This oil on canvas (medium) portrait was believed to be made between 1555 and 1556. The
reason I chose this portrait is because of the incredible calmness that this knight displays. He has
one hand resting on his weapon and the other on his helmet, signifying his readiness to defend or
This portrait that Giovanni Battista Moroni created shows a clear message of pride and
courage. Even with the broken marble column shaft and the somewhat disruptive area, the
knight appears undisturbed by his surroundings.
At first glance, my attention was immediately drawn to the knight’s clothing and
equipment. In both of the portraits, the helmets, suits of armor, swords, and the marble stone
architecture surrounding the knights were what highlighted the historical element of these two
pieces of art. The location is unknown, but the medieval look of the scene gives away the time
frame of the portrait.
The two portraits I chose were both soldier/knight style works of art. As a former soldier
myself, I was drawn to them; both portraits really stood out above the others. Before this
assignment, I knew nothing about the artist Giovanni Battista Moroni. After selecting these
portraits, I wanted to find out more about the artist that created these amazing pieces of art. To
my surprise, he was celebrated as the best known artist in his country, and after seeing his other
works of art I can understand why this was true.
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The National Gallery. (2016a). A knight with his jousting helmet [Painting]. Retrieved from
The National Gallery. (2016b). Portrait of a gentleman with his helmet on a column shaft
[Painting]. Retrieved from http://www.nationalgallery.org. uk/paintings/giovanni-
Royal Academy of Arts. (n.d.). Giovanni Battista Moroni. Retrieved from