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


Oil on wood, 46 x 36 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

The pastoral mood, asymmetrical design, and complex spatial arrangements are typical Venetian variants on a traditional theme. Most unusual are the crucifix behind, and the mousetrap, on which the artist has signed his name in the lower right corner. The crucifix is a late - possibly much later - addition by Lotto. The idea of concentrating in one image the initial (the Nativity) and final (the Crucifixion) moment of the Redemption seems to derive from Venetian ideas.

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