National Geographic : 1952 Jan
. ivauonai ueograplnc society 93 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection) GIROLAMO ROMANINO (1485?-1562), Italian * Portrait of a Man in Armor Though he worked chiefly for provincial patrons. Roranino insisted upon generous compensation. Rich but stingy peasants in one hamlet were made to feel the artist's scorn when they complained of the scanty dress he gave to the St. Christopher in their altarpiece. Short skirts, Romanino told them, were the result of short pay. By this red-bearded sitter's elegant dress we may conclude that he did not cavil at the painter's price. Ilis luxuriant plumed hat is as large as any in his day; his armor is ample and gleaming. In spite of his provincial training (in Brescia), Romanino's portraits have often been confused with those of Giorgione and Titian. This picture, for example, reflects Giorgionesque elements in the full face pose and the figure's rigid horizontal and vertical lines. Sharp reflections on the armor give evidence of Titian's influence. Romanino's large religious compositions do not command the esteem of his portraits. They are sometimes marred by exag gerated movement and oppressive coloring. Authentic Giorgiones are few. Many of his works, frescoes on the walls of Venetian palaces, have been destroyed. lis surviving paintings are marked by luminous colors and harmonious composition.