The Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid is hosting an exhibition of work by Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto. This is the first major monographic exhibition that focuses on his works in the area of portraiture. The show runs through September 30, 2018.
Considered to be one of the most fascinating and unique artists of the Italian Cinquecento, the exhibition features 38 paintings, 10 drawings, a print and around 15 sculptures, and objects. These objects are similar in nature to those depicted in the portraits by the artist. “The intensity of these works and the variety and sophistication of the visual and intellectual resources that they deploy make Lotto the first modern portraitist,” the museum says.
Lorenzo Lotto (Venice, 1480 – Loreto, 1557) was a Renaissance painter who according to Bernard Berenson “was the first portraitist to be interested in reflecting his sitters’ states of mind, and as such the first modern one,” the museum writes. “Although interest in the artist has been particularly notable since the 1980s, until now no exhibition has focused exclusively on the portraits, making this project a pioneering one.”
The show focuses on the known aspects of the painters work ranging from their varied typology, and psychological depth, to complex symbolism. It also explores aspects of Lotto’s oeuvre that are not that frequently highlighted such as “the artist’s use of similar resources in his portraits and religious works, the importance of the objects present in the portraits as reflections of material culture of the day, and the creative process behind the realisation of these works,” the museum adds.
The display on view establishes a dialogue between the artist’s works and the objects similar to those seen in the portraits. This highlights the reflection of material culture of the day. The exhibition sheds light on how Lotto conceived and executed his portraits. Due to the lack of technical analyses of these works, the drawings by him that have been included are of particular significance as these have rarely displayed along with the paintings. Lotto was an artist who depicted Italy during his time when the country was going through some major changes. According to the museum, “the variety of typologies that Lotto employed; the overt or concealed symbolism within them; the psychological depth with which he imbued his models; and the importance he gave to objects in order to define their status, interests and aspirations all give these portraits a degree of profundity which allow Lotto to be such as artist.”
“Lorenzo Lotto. Portraits” runs through September 30, 2018, at Museo Nacional Del Prado, Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain.
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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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