Portrait of a Young Man

Lorenzo Lotto
1500

One of Lotto’s earliest works, it attests to the complex figurative culture characterizing the start of the artist’s career. The organization of the portrait, built around the inclined oval of the face, and the rigorous study of light, which caresses the forms and makes them stand out from the black background, relate to the Venetian works of Antonello da Messina. Instead, its links with Flemish painting can be seen in the sharply defined and enamelled execution, particularly of details like the coppery-coloured curls, which seem embossed in metal.

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