Moroni’s Portrait of a Renaissance Tailor

One of my favorite images that I came across as I was doing visual research for MEN OF THE CLOTH is a painting of a Renaissance era tailor by Giovanni Battista Moroni, a portrait painter of the 16th century. I discovered this image at the New York Public Library’s research branch in Midtown. You may notice it as one of the images in the beginning montage of the Men of the Cloth trailer. It’s also featured on my film’s web site.  Check out the Wikipedia entry.

"The Tailor" By Giovanni Battista Moroni

"The Tailor" By Giovanni Battista Moroni

A couple of years ago, I discovered an article in London’s Guardian newspaper by art critic Jonathan Jones, who waxed poetic, calling this work of art in the National Gallery  a “masterpiece” and labeling Moroni “an obscure genius.” Jones said that Moroni gave his tailor “the same nobility of pose and countenance as his aristocratic clients” because he identified with “workers.” It’s fascinating stuff – and makes me think fondly of my Renaissance art history class at NYU!


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