Artibus et Historiae no. 3 (II)

1981, ISSN 0391-9064

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CLARA ALBANI LIBERALI - The Inlay-Work of the Choir-Loft in S. Maria Maggiore in Bergamo: The Theme of Fortune and Lorenzo Lotto

In this short essay the author seeks to find the cultural and thematic link between certain wood inlays made between 1524 and 1532 in Bergamo, from designs by Lorenzo Lotto. The theme of Fortune, inextricably connected with the philosophy of Nosce te ipsum (know thyself) is just one aspect of the complex and changing cultural panorama of the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries. Lotto's position as regards these themes seems to be - as always - in contrast with the official values and he proposes to search for a deeper, more human relationship with reality.

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