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The first-ever exhibition of portraits by the Italian Renaissance artist Lorenzo Lotto.

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits brings together many of Lotto’s best portraits spanning his entire career from collections around the world.

These include such masterpieces as the Bishop Bernardo de‘ Rossi (1505) from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples, united with its striking allegorical cover from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; and the monumental altarpiece of The Alms of Saint Antoninus of Florence (1540–2) from the Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paulo in Venice, coming to the UK for the first time. In this painting Lotto not only inserted portraits of members of the commissioning confraternity, but also, highly unusually, paid poor people to sit for him.

He portrayed men, women, and children in compositions rich with symbolism and great psychological depth. His works are characterised by expressive sensitivity and immediacy and are also known for their deeply saturated colours and luxuriant handling of paint.

Objects relating to the portraits are on display, showing how the meaning of Lotto’s paintings extends from the sitter to their surroundings. Lotto painted these not so much to reflect a given sitter’s opulence and wealth, but to help tell their story and reflect their identity. Among items on display will be a carpet, sculpture, jewellery, clothing, and books.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm) Closed 24 – 25 Dec and 1 Jan

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