the masterpiece of the National Gallery and the paintings of the great portraitist

December 4 2015 – February 28 2016


In Bergamo, on the occasion of an extraordinary return, we present an exciting exhibition dedicated to Giovan Battista Moroni, painter and astonishing portraitist born in Albino in 1522. A journey that starts from the Tailor, a masterpiece from the National Gallery loaned to the Accademia Carrara, on display along with the best known works of the collection, from the religious paintings of the Museo Adriano Bernareggi, recently restored with the support of the Fondazione Credito Bergamasco, to the fascinating portraits of the Museo di Palazzo Moroni.

The Tailor, purchased by the London museum in 1862, returns for the first time to Bergamo, underlining the great commitment of the city in its relations with national and international museums, a year out from the major exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. This is an opportunity to admire the masterpieces of the painter from Bergamo in the city which houses the most important body of his work in the world. A single ticket and a unique timetable accompany visitors on a journey of discovery of the greatest Lombard portrait painter of the sixteenth century.


Accademia Carrara About the Tailor

After more than 150 years, the masterpiece of the National Gallery in London is back in Bergamo. Inside the hall dedicated to the great portraitist from Bergamo, of whom the Carrara Academy boasts the most important body of work, there is a special setting designed by Mauro Piantelli.

The Tailor by Moroni, purchased by the London museum in 1862, is placed together with some of his most famous portraits in Bergamo: from the Spini Spouses, to the Child of the Redetti Family, to the Twenty-nine-year-old Youth, to the Old Man Sitting Down. Around them are the approximately 600 works of the Bergamo museum which was reopened to the public last April. This is a five-century journey in the history of art, with a special guest appearance, The Tailor, surrounded by countless masterpieces. Custodian of the great names in art history from between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Accademia Carrara thus reaffirms itself as ambassador of the Renaissance, inside and outside national borders, being, as it is, engaged in partnerships with large national and international museums.

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo was established in 1796 as per the wishes of Giacomo Carrara, as a single complex to serve as the School of Painting and the Art Gallery, where it merged its extraordinary collection of paintings. During more than two hundred years it has been enriched through bequests of great art experts like Guglielmo Lochis, Giovanni Morelli and Federico Zeri. Testament to and symbol of Italian collecting, the Accademia Carrara preserves masterpieces of art history, the product of five centuries’ diligence, including Donatello, Pisanello, Foppa, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Botticelli, Bergognone, Raphael, Titian, Baschenis, Fra Galgario, Tiepolo, Canaletto and Piccio. The Accademia Carrara boasts the most important corpus in the world of works by Lorenzo Lotto andGiovan Battista Moroni.



Museo Adriano Bernareggi: Moroni and the sacred

Museo Adriano Bernareggi, at the extraordinary return of The Tailor by Giovanni Battista Moroni, presents to the public a careful selection of his masterpieces, among them the astonishing portrait of Gian Girolamo Albani, and eight religious paintings, all recently restored, thanks to the funding of the Fondazione Credito Bergamasco, showcasing an important chapter in the art of Moroni: altarpiecesbeautiful carved polyptychs and the Last Supper from Romano di Lombardia.


The museum was opened in the jubilee year of 2000. The original core of the collection has been gathered with great foresight since the thirties of the past century by Adriano Bernareggi, bishop of Bergamo from 1935 to 1953. The exhibition primarily reflects the local culture of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, a period between the Council of Trent and the Second Vatican Council. It was in these four centuries that almost all the churches were built or reshaped in the territory of the Diocese of Bergamo, both in the urban areas and in the suburbs. This immense creative effort has left indelible tracks in the landscape of our artistic and architectural heritage.

Masterpieces of painting such as the Trinity by Lorenzo Lotto and the Madonna and Child with Saints by Daniele Crespi share a domestic space with humble artefacts that testify the popular devotion; the treasure room is decorated with unique pieces of jewellery and embroidery ranging from between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the halls exhibit collections of votive and embossed paintings. The Museum has tools and structural services which are made available to the community, and projects that promote an approach to culture that will last over time and are not solely related to temporary events.


Museo di Palazzo Moroni: Moroni in the Mansion

On the occasion of I’m the Tailor | Moroni in Bergamo, the doors of an old mansion are to be opened to the public. This is an exhibition that leads from the Accademia Carrara to one of the most fascinating historical buildings in the city. The exhibition features a selection of masterpieces by Moroni, such as the elegantKnight in Pink, the Portrait of Isolde Brembati and the austere Lady in Black.


Fondazione Museo di Palazzo Moroni was founded in 2009 as per the wishes of Count Antonio Moroni to make his home a place for the promotion of initiatives of common interest aiming at the dissemination, the fruition, and the study of the arts in their different forms of expression. The Mansion, built by the Moroni family between 1636 and 1666, is the most important private “construction” in Bergamo Alta in those years.

The activities of study, research and documentation are directed in memory of the Moroni family with a focus of promoting and spreading an interest in the culture and art of all periods, while every initiative aims at supporting organisations, institutions, associations and foundations, both public and private, which pursue similar goals. The calling remains the same i.e. to spread the knowledge of the building and the works contained therein, giving the opportunity for a wider audience to enjoy them through visits and conferences.


Giovan Battista Moroni

Born in Albino (Bergamo) between 1520 and 1524. A few years later the family moved to Brescia, where his father Francis, an architect, could follow the work of Palazzo Lodron in Bondeno; and it is at this time, around 1532, that Moroni began his training under Alessandro Bonvicino, known as il Moretto. The apprenticeship ended around 1543, although the two worked together until 1549.

In 1545 the Council of Trent opened. At the court of the bishop prince and cardinal Cristoforo Madruzzo we encounter in these years the young Moroni, who begins to prove himself by signing his first independent works. This phase of the Council having ended, in 1552 Moroni arrived in Bergamo.

At home he soon became the leading painter of the city, as its business was thriving, primarily as a portraitist of the aristocracy and nobility of Bergamo. From the fifteen-fifties we have a painting such as the Knight in Pink from Palazzo Moroni, portraying Gian Gerolamo Grumelli, a member of one of the main urban families.

From the following decade on, the painter is rooted in the life of his native Albino, to which he had also returned to live. The subjects of his portraits in that period were members of the local gentry, the professional classes, and minor clergy, whom he transformed without fear into images of great naturalness. The saints of the many altarpieces he created in this period have the faces of the common people. From this period are the two masterpieces The Tailor and Gian Girolamo Albani: portraits where the background consists of a sober gray tone and the focus is on the physical and psychological characters. The artist died, having suffered from illness, in Albino in 1579.



Venues and opening hours


Accademia Carrara

Piazza Giacomo Carrara, 82 – Bergamo

From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 19:00.

Monday, closed.


Museo Adriano Bernareggi

Via Pignolo, 76 – Bergamo

From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 19:00

Monday, closed.


Museo di Palazzo Moroni

Via Porta Dipinta, 12 – Bergamo

Saturday and Sunday: 10.00 – 19.00

From Tuesday to Friday:

groups by appointment only.

Monday, closed.



Adults € 12.00 – Reduced € 10.00

Free for children under 18 years

Single ticket for the three museums,

valid for the entire period of the exhibition

Combined ticket with the Malevič exhibition – GAMeC:

€14.00 (Accademia Carrara + GAMeC)



Presale (reservation fee)

€ 1.50 (per person, for groups and individual visitors)

€ 1.00 (per student for schools)

Reservation required for groups




From Monday to Friday: 035 234396

Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 035 4122097




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Accademia Carrara ˃ 500m > Museo Bernareggi > 850 m > Palazzo Moroni

Accademia CarraraMoroni, Il Sarto www.iosonoilsarto.it

Museo Adriano BernareggiMoroni e il sacro www.fondazionebernareggi.it
Museo di Palazzo MoroniMoroni a Palazzo www.palazzomoroni.it