Lorenzo Lotto was one of the greatest portrait artists of the Italian Renaissance, and his portraits were prized for their immediacy and expressive sensitivity.
Lotto painted men, women and children from a cross-section of the Italian middle-class, including clerics, merchants and humanists. They are always rich in symbolism, with the prominent addition of objects which hinted at their interests and social status.
The exhibition also includes some original documents from Lotto's own account books.
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