This second longer tour offers a more detailed visit of the city center. Starting from the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, it then continues to the Santuario di Sant’Angela Merici, San Nazaro, to reach San Francesco. Here Romanino’s altarpiece is kept with the painting Madonna with Child and saints. This work documents the transition in the artist’s style from his initial adherence to Venetian culture to his personal anticlassical interpretation.
Next the tour leads to San Giovanni Evangelista, the temple of Brescian Renaissance, with works testifying to Moretto’s and Romanino’s entire artistic career and culminating with the Chapel of the Sacrament, where an outstanding cycle of paintings by the two artists show their interpretation of the themes and forms of Renaissance art.
After a stop at Museo Diocesano, the visit goes on at the Duomo Nuovo. The organ doors by Girolamo Romanino depict Stories of the Virgin, painted in the artist’s later years, with the same monumental and colourful style that informs the large fresco cycles in Valle Camonica.
The next stop is in Duomo Vecchio, where the last works by Moretto and Romanino and, in particular, the paintings of the destroyed Sacramento chapel in San Pietro de Dom can be compared. Also, Moretto’s beautiful juvenile work Assumption of the Virgin can be viewed, with an identical subject to Titian’s painting for the church of Frari in Venice.
The route continues with the church of San Clemente, the temple of Moretto’s art, with mostly mature works at the end of his career: the altarpiece of the high altar, depicting the Virgin with Child and saints, with a clear change to a more Mannerist style, was strongly influenced by Correggio and the painting school in the Emilia region.
The last stop is in Santa Maria in Calchera, where Moretto left one of his masterpieces: the Dinner in the Pharisee’s house, a wonderful example of the master’s painting, with its delicate construction, rendering of details, and handling of light.