Monday, March 29, 2010

Lorenzo Lotto's lush life

Although he was active during the High Renaissance, the Northern Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556) seems to introduce Mannerism to the world with his model's angular poses and aesthetic surroundings. Lotto's simple self portrait (just above) forgoes the sumptuous costumes and artful poses of the other portraits, but shares with them an intensely direct gaze.

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