LOTTO, Lorenzo
(b. ca. 1480, Venezia, d. 1556, Loreto)

Madonna and Child with St Peter Martyr

Wood panel, 55 x 87 cm
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples

Lorenzo Lotto's popularity has experienced a revival in recent years, perhaps because of an inherent proto-surrealism which calls to mind modern artists. In this painting St Peter Martyr, represented as unusually frail with a large knife firmly embedded in his skull, presents to the Virgin and Child not a donor as Lotto painted it originally, but a young St John the Baptist, which is a feebly painted later addition.

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