Lorenzo Lotto


Bergamo, Carrara Academy
3 December 2016 – 26 February 2017
piazza Giacomo Carrara, 82, Bergamo

We are pleased to introduce you the exhibition
Lorenzo Lotto | Across Bergamo, an occasion to discover both a great italian painter of the Renaissance and the city of Bergamo, Italy.
Bergamo, which is one of the most beautiful and historical places in Northern Italy, becomes an open museum of Lotto’s artworks towards Carrara Academy, Bernareggi Museum, Santa Maggiore Basilica and the other churches which preserve Lotto’s masterpieces.



3 December 2016 – 26 February 2017

LORENZO LOTTO – A NEW DISCOVERY Carrara Academy LORENZO LOTTO TOUR – LLT Adriano Bernareggi Museum, San Bartolomeo Church, Santo Spirito Church, San Bernardino Church THE CHORUS – LOTTO AND CAPOFERRI Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica LORENZO LOTTO | ACROSS BERGAMO is an exhibition project comprising the LORENZO LOTTO – A NEW DISCOVERY exhibition set up in the Carrara Academy, the LORENZO LOTTO TOUR – LLT itinerary around the city organised by the Adriano Bernareggi Foundation and the visit to the Choir in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore coordinated by the MIA Foundation. A project by the Carrara Academy Foundation with the collaboration of Bergamo City Council, the Diocese of Bergamo and Luogo Pio Colleoni, scheduled from December 2016 to February 2017. Curators: Emanuela Daffra and Paolo Plebani. Getting to know Lorenzo Lotto: two previously unattributed works, the story of their discovery, national and international loans dialoguing with the extraordinary paintings in the Carrara Academy collection and an itinerary around the city of Bergamo in a project detailing an artist who continues to amaze with every new review. The exhibition seeks to analyse an important moment in the career of Lorenzo Lotto (Venice 1480 ca. – Loreto 1556/57), a period that coincided with last years the painter spent in Bergamo. From the Carrara Academy to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Adriano Bernareggi Museum and beyond, towards Lorenzo Lotto’s works in the city, in places sometimes difficult to access that can now be visited thanks to a network of collaborations. Starting point: an exceptional discovery linked with one of the artist’s most famous achievements – the designs for the wooden inlays in the Choir of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. The Luogo Pio Colleoni in Bergamo is home to an inlay depicting the Creation, until now believed to be an old copy of the one in the Basilica’s choirstalls. It is now suggested that this superbly fashioned artefact, as attested to by sources, is one of the preparatory inlays made and worked by Lotto in person. The exhibition starts off with this rediscovered masterpiece, associated with the choir as a pinnacle in Lotto’s entire career for its extraordinary narrative and symbolic universe; the inlay will be flanked by two preparatory studies in ink for other major works, one of which is a new discovery and attributed only recently. The exhibition continues by highlighting dialogue between some of Lotto’s paintings in the Carrara Academy collections and loans of other works completed in the same period. Authentic masterpieces: from the enigmatic and fascinating Portrait of Lucina Brembati to the Mystical Wedding of St. Catherine from Palazzo Barberini in Rome, which equally reveal that delightful narrative vein and singular aptitude for developing unconventional images that also characterises his work in the years spent in Bergamo. From the Portrait of a Young Man and the presumed Self Portrait from the Thyssen Museum in Madrid to the Assumption from Celana – after many years once again in the forefront of an exhibition dedicated to this artist – that transposes the invention contained in the Creation inlay on a monumental scale. Lorenzo Lotto | Across Bergamo reveals one of the Renaissance artists closest to modern sensibilities, not the least through a series of initiatives open to the general public: guided visits, educational tours for children and teenagers, a publication and a theatre project in January. Exhibition catalogue: Lorenzo Lotto – A New Discovery, published by Officina Libraria, Milan, developed with the support of the Friends of the Carrara Academy Association, with texts by Matteo Ceriana, Emanuela Daffra, Michele Di Monte, Andrea Franci, Stefano L’Occaso, Paolo Plebani, Gianluca Poldi and Giovanni Valagussa.


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opening times: 9.30 – 17.30
closing day: Tuesday


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