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Lorenzo Lotto

The Nativity, 1523

Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480-1556) was an Italian painter active during the Renaissance. Born in Venice, he worked in Venice, Rome, Bergamo and possibly Tuscany. He trained in the studio of Giovanni Bellini, along with Giorgione and Titian. In 1552 he entered the Holy Sanctuary at Loreto, becoming a lay brother.

Lotto's work is characterized by a mixture of Venetian and northern European styles. He is most noted for his portraits.

His work includes:

In his Lives, Giorgio Vasari included a biography of Lorenzo Lotto.