Ph.: Lorenzo Lotto, Portrait of Andrea Odoni, 1527, Hampot Court, The Royal CollectionsThe Scuderie del Quirinale, in the heart of Rome, are hosting a great exhibition of wonderful masterpieces by 16th-century artist Lorenzo Lotto, whose distinctive paintings have enjoyed an upsurge in popularity only over recent decades.

The Italian capital is displaying 56 paintings by the Veneto famous painter Lotto (1480-1556), under a special agreement signed with the regional government of Marche, where the Venice-born artist produced some of his greatest works.

The Lotto exhibit is divided into two sections: the first floor hosts around 13 or 14 altarpieces, four of which from Lombardy and four from the Marche and the second section on the upper floor features a selection of Lotto’s portraits and depictions of religious figures, such as his famous Susanna and the Elders (1517), on loan from the Uffizi in Florence.
Other works have come both from Veneto, where Lotto spent his early years, and Lombardy, where he spent 12 years in Bergamo, and also from top museums around the world, including Metropolitan Museum New York, National Gallery Washington, National Gallery London, Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Louvre Paris and again Vienna, Madrid and Moscow.

In fact Lotto was born in Venice, where he trained as an artist, but, although usually classified as a Veneto artist, he enjoyed just a little success in his native city, where he had to compete against established giants, such as Titian for example. He then moved, first to Treviso, where he won the patronage of a bishop and began painting altarpieces, then to Rome for two years, followed by a first stint in the Marche. Here he worke in Jesi and Recanati, producing several well-known frescos and altarpieces.

He lived from 1513 to 1525 in Bergamo: this was his most productive period as he received extensive commissions, like the wonderful San Bernardino altarpiece (1521) and could develope his skill at technically accurate portraiture that succeeded in capturing the psychological quirks of the sitters. Lotto then returned to his native Venice for seven years, setting up a workshop that produced his five greatest altarpieces for churches in the Marche, but this time was followed by several years on the move, travelling from town to town, including longer periods in Treviso, Venice, Ancona and Macerata. However the interest in Lotto’s work, by the late 1540s, dwindled sharply and, quite disillusioned, entered a religious order, where he spent the final years of his life.
The curator of this exhibition, Giovanni Federico Villa said “This Lotto exhibit marked the conclusion of a trilogy of exhibits, exploring the significance of Veneto painters on the European art scene, following on from shows on Antonello da Messina in 2006 and Giovanni Bellini in 2008.
Antonello da Messina was the first great portrait painter able to convey the psychology of his model, while Bellini invented the modern, unified-space altarpiece,” said Villa ” Lorenzo Lotto represents the synthesis of these two enjoying renaissance: successfully explored humankind and nature in their entirety and reached a level of naturalism and realism, that would set an example for all future painters”.

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Mario De Simoni, managing director of exhibit organizer Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, said: ”Restoration efforts for the exhibit, worth 700,000 euros were required to salvage major portraits and monumental altarpieces on show from a dramatic state of decay. Restorers revitalized the faded pigments, but deeper study revealed sources of original splendour, that can no longer be achieved. We analyzed all the pigments, discovering that they were those used by glass makers. They were extremely luminous, especially the reds, which have turned into brown tones. No matter what one does, we will never see them again as they were”.

Scuderie del Quirinale – opposite the presidential Quirinale palace – Via Nazionale, 194 – 00184 Rome – Tel. 06 39967500

Until June 12th, 2011

Opening times:

from sunday to thursday – from 10.00 to 20.00
on friday and saturday – from 10.00 to 22.30

Tickets : € 10,00 and € 7,50