Artibus et Historiae no. 23 (XII)

1991, ISSN 0391-9064

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NORBERTO MASSI - Lorenzo Lotto's Nativity and Christ Taking Leave of His Mother: Pendant Devotional Paintings

In 1521, Lorenzo Lotto painted a pair of pendant devotional pictures in Bergamo for Domenico Tassi. Only one original painting, Christ Taking Leave of His Mother (Berlin), has survived, but there is a copy in the Accademia in Venice of the complementary Nativity. The subject of this article is the structural, thematic, and theological interdependence of the two halves, which have never before been thoroughly treated in a unified context. The complex history of the pendants themselves, and their relationship to other Flemish and Italian works known to Lotto while he was working for the Tassi, are also discussed.

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