Lorenzo Lotto / Portrait of a Man / c. 1525Lorenzo Lotto
Portrait of a Man
c. 1525

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Creator Name: Lotto, Lorenzo
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1480 - 1556
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Lorenzo Lotto
Title: Portrait of a Man
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1520
Creation End Date: 1530
Creation Date: c. 1525
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 135.9cm x 128cm x 8.6cm, Unframed: 108.2cm x 100.5cm
Inscriptions: Signed lower right: ".L. Lotus 15[...]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1950.250
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Kunsthistorisches Museum [uncatalogued], Vienna (sold in 1923 to Moritz Lindemann); Wilhelm von Ofenheim, Vienna (1929-1939); (Rosenberg & Stiebel)

The gesture of the elegantly-dressed man in this portrait is a mystery. His right hand rests on a piece of paper (a letter?), while on the table are a sprig of clover--symbolic of abundance, good fortune, and happy marriage--and jasmine, which is associated with love and purity. The combination of gesture and symbolism may indicate that there once was a companion portrait of the sitter's bride, to whom he acknowledges his devotion.

One of the most original artists of the Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto spent most of his career in the provinces of north Italy, away from his birthplace in Venice. A contemporary of Titian, Lotto never reached the same level of fame or wealth, although he was clearly Titian's rival in the realm of portraiture. While Titian combined psychological insight with flattery to produce images of social personality, Lotto's more personal, thoughtful approach focused on discovering the individuality of his sitters.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1950.250
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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