This curious work was recently the subject for one of our (near) monthly Tuesday Tea lectures, and has been re-hung in our Nord Gallery of Renaissance Art.
Speculated to have been born in 1515 in Verona, Battista Angolo del Moro worked as a painter, draughtsman and an etcher. He received most of his training from his father-in-law, whose decorative style reflects the influence of Giulio Romano and Titian.
Little is known about Del Moro’s early career; he went on to create several fresco façades for an assortment of churches in Verona. Unfortunately, many of these have been worn away due to the damp coastal climate. Del Moro’s career continued until he contracted a fatal illness in Verona in 1564. He died there, leaving two sons and a cat as the keepers of his estate.
Battista Angolo del Moro (Italian, active second half 16th century)
A Vision of the Holy Family near Verona, 1581
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.83