My Virtual Museum Tour

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My Virtual Museum Tour

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Waldorf University

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My Virtual Museum Tour

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

fight.

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.

Conclusion

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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References

The National Gallery. (2016a). A knight with his jousting helmet [Painting]. Retrieved from

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/giovanni-battista-moroni-a-knight-with-his-

jousting

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-

battista-moroni-portrait-of-a-gentleman/*/key-facts

Royal Academy of Arts. (n.d.). Giovanni Battista Moroni. Retrieved from

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/giovanni-battista-moroni