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Portrait of Fra Lorenzo da Bergamo
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Portrait of Fra Lorenzo da Bergamo

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Description Because Lorenzo Lotto kept records of his commissions and expenses, the subject of this work can be identified as the Dominican preacher Fra Lorenzo from the city of Bergamo, Italy, by a payment recorded in 1542. Dressed in the robes of his order, Fra Lorenzo is linked with St. Thomas Aquinas by his halo and the lily he holds, symbolic of purity. The 13th-century Dominican saint was among the most important theologians in the West. By appearing in the guise of a saint, the sitter has revealed his pious and intellectual aspirations. Lotto was one of the great Venetian painters famous for his use of color. He traveled widely and spent much of his career outside of his native city. For more information on this portrait, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 270, pp. 396-397.
  • Going for Baroque. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • Lorenzo Lotto. Portraits. Museo del Prado; The National Gallery, London. 2018-2019.
Provenance Palazzo Falconieri, Rome [from 1881 Massarenti catalogue]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 82; 1897 catalogue: no. 368, as St. Hyacinth by G. B. Moroni]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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1542 (Renaissance)
oil on canvas
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Painted surface H: 32 11/16 x W: 27 3/8 in. (83.1 x 69.6 cm); Framed H: 37 3/4 × W: 31 5/8 × D: 3 5/8 in. (95.89 × 80.33 × 9.21 cm)
  • Italy, Marche (Place of Origin)
  • Italy, Venice (Place of Origin)

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