«Lotto Route», work and genius of a Venetian who is in love with Bergamo- Corriere.it

About the pages in Book of various expenses could talk, we would discover all the love of the Renaissance artist Bergamo. In that book, which accompanied the last years of life for Lorenzo Lottothe Venetian painter who became Bergamo for a long time, and left several traces of his passage in the city, there is much Bergamo at that time, rich and proud of the trade with his merchants, despite the domination of Serenissima of Venice, which lasted more than 300 years: from 1428, fifty years before the birth of Lotto, until Napoleon Bonaparte. And if these pages could speak, we would relive, for example, the working relationship between Lorenzo (born in Venice in 1480 and died in Loreto, in the Marche, at the venerable age of 76) and Bergamo’s lucky captain, Alessandro Martinengo Colleonithe one who in 1513, when the painter had just arrived in Orobatic land, had entrusted him after a competition to build the Dominican Church. St. Bartholomewof the altarpiece symbolizes the greatness of the Republic of Venice.

An artificial journey

When this church was demolished, after the construction of the Venetian walls in 1561, Martinengo altarpiece, gigantic, four feet wide and thirteen feet high, it was taken to the church by Saints Bartolomeo and Stefano. Where it is possible to admire it even today, he explains Maria Cristina Rodeschinidirector of the museum forCarrara Academyand curator, together with the art historian Luca Brignolifrom Lotto route, a weekend to discover the ten works created by the Venetian painter during his twelve years spent in Bergamo: from 1513 to 1525. On May 28 and 29, in fact, from 15.30 to 17.30, guided tours will take place to discover the masterpieces preserved in the interior of the orobic city (between churches and museums), cross streets and buildings from the Lotto era. Starting from the church of San Bartolomeo e Stefano, in Largo Belotti, in the lower town.

And this is where Lorenzo lived

But where was the home in Bergamo for the painter who left Venice, because by nature and temperament he could not resist the overly bulky grandeur of Titian? It was in Citt Alta, in the historic part, near the church in San Michele al Pozzo Bianco. His landlord was Nicol Bonghiwhich we find portraits, standing and behind the Madonna in the painting of “Mysterious wedding of Saint Catherine of Alexandria”commissioned by Bonghi himself and now preserved at Carrara Academy, Rodeschini recalls.

Badger, nobility and Santo Spirito

Return to the Lotto route, after leaving the church of Saints Bartolomeo and Stefano, continue to Borgo Pignolo: arrived via Torquato Tasso, in the lower part of the city, you enter the church Holy Spiritwhose construction, according to legend, was a work of the noble family Tasso. And here, in the fourth chapel to the left of the Renaissance church, we find the altarpiece from 1521 where it Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria, Agostino, Sebastiano, Antonio Abate, Giovannino and Angels.

Silence, an angel watching us

The same year as the altarpiece of Santo Spirito as of the church in San Bernardino, at number 57 off via Pignolo. here is the altarpiece where it is Madonna and children with Saints Joseph, Bernardino, Giovanni Battista, Antonio Abate and angels. At the foot of the throne on which Madonna sits, we notice an angel, who seems to turn to the viewer and invites him almost to a mysterious participation, emphasizes the head of Carrara Academy, who remembers that it is possible to visit this wonderful altarpiece thanks to volunteers in Touring Club: Unfortunately, for several years the church was closed. Via Pignolo represents a kind of hinge between the lower and upper parts of the city. the street is the result of actual demolition carried out during the second half of the 16th century, due to the construction of the Venetian walls. According to an account of the time, about sixty houses had already been thrown away and several vegetable gardens and gardens that were kept within the same buildings disappeared.

Lucinas rebus

And here we are at Carrara Academy, where Lotto is at home, at number 82 on piazza Giacomo Carrara, in lower Citt. Here we stand in front of six works by Lorenzo, o “Lotus Lotus” (so he used to sign his works); not to mention the three predella that the Lotto history of the altarpiece in Martinengo, preserved in the church of Saints Bartolomeo and Stefano, whose cymatium is the only part of the work preserved far from Bergamo, in Budapest, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Hopefully he will return to Italy next year, due to Bergamo as the capital of culture, proclaimed together with the city of Brescia, says Rodeschini. Among the most beautiful works of Lotto, which are kept in the Academy, we can not fail to mention Portrait of Lucina Brembatia noblewoman from Bergamo, a real picture puzzle: if we notice, in fact, at the top left of the painting, Lotto painted a night scene illuminated by the moon, on which he engraved two letters, C and I, a reference to the name Lucina, also recognizable thanks to the ring she carries the finger, the family symbol.

Lotto, a bergamas cod doctor

You leave Pinacoteca on piazza Carrata, to go up to Citt alta, destination via di Porta Dipinta, a few steps from the Lotto house, which could certainly be said to be a house and a church for the construction of frescoes of Mary’s life (Birth, presentation in the temple, proclamation, marriage and visits) in the small chapel to the left of the apse of the Church of San Michele al Pozzo bianco. Rodeschini concludes: The frescoes painted in these lunettes of the chapel take us back to Vatican Rooms by Raphael, whose decoration was also attended by Lotto, during his stay in Rome. But even here, as in Venice, the Venetian master could hardly stand the worldliness and games of the court. He was too reserved and concentrated on things to not be in Bergamo during these years, which were lived by merchants or fortune-tellers. Practical people. About sound provincialism, we would say today. Waiting for it Trescore Balneario, Caprino Bergamasco, Credaro e Ponteranica, the healthy province of Bergamo and rich in other Lotto treasures, is part of a much broader tour. The general rehearsal has just begun.

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26 May 2022 (change 26 May 2022 | 09:48)

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