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Lorenzo Lotto (Venice c. 1480-Loreto 1556)

Portrait of a Bearded Man c. 1515-18

RCIN 405753

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Lotto was one of the most inventive and idiosyncratic painters of the sixteenth century. The intensity of this frontal pose is softened by the Venetian contours of Lotto’s mature style. Lotto’s typical clarity is seen in the contrast between the sitter’s pale moustache and his darker hair and the tactile effect of the pleats of his doublet.