March 11, 2011.
Rome is hosting the
first-ever solo exhibition of the work of Lorenzo Lotto, the
Renaissance painter whose art anticipated Baroque and Modern styles.
features 56 works by the artist and may be seen on display until June
Lorenzo Lotto was
born in 1480 and was sidelined by patrons after his work was rejected
by the Papal household. Failure was perhaps inevitable, it would
seem, when considering that his main artistic competitor was Rafael.
The exhibited works
reflect Lotto's complex and introspective personality.
F. M. EmanuelePresident
of Scuderie del Quirinale
unique characteristics of his personality are represented in two
periods of his work: his complexity is represented by the grandeur of
his altarpieces. His instrospection, is revealed in his prevailing
mystical vision of life, which led him to spiritual confinement in a
monastery at the end of his life.
Lotto was one of the
earliest examples of pictorial nomadism. He avoided the great
artistic centers, and spent most of his time working autonomously in
different cities on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
Perhaps it is for
that reason that he was accused of provincialism and was
misunderstood by many of his contemporaries.
C. F. Villa
Lotto is an artist who captures the essence and humanity of the
things and people he portrays with a simple picture, a glazed picture
painted with cool colors, giving movement through games of colors to
A dozen of his
paintings have been restored for the occasion of the exhibition,
thanks to collaboration with the restoration workshops of the Vatican
Museums and other private institutions.
patrons a unique opportunity to view Lotto's art as he originally