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Lorenzo Lotto. The portrait of the soul

National Gallery London

In Italian Renaissance portraiture, Lorenzo Lotto (Venice 1480 – Loreto 1557) plays a leading role thanks to his innate talent in capturing the intimate nature of feelings, which take shape with volumetric substance and through a chromatic palette of vibrant beauty.
Passions are tinged with sensual colours typical of the Venetian pictorial tradition of the early Sixteenth century. Unlike Titian, who enhances the splendour of power in his portraits, Lotto focuses on the individual who is a human reflection of a spiritual and moral beauty that radiates in its natural splendour. Nobles and bourgeoisie, artists and writers, merchants and clergymen, men, women and children become a pantheon of exciting modernity.
The National Gallery in London pays him tribute with the exhibition “Lorenzo Lotto. Portraits” (in collaboration with the Museo National del Prado in Madrid) from 5 November 2018 to 10 February 2019.