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Caesar
03-03-2011, 02:43 AM
I've been impressed by an exhibition of a painter who lived across the XV and XVI century, Lorenzo Lotto.
I provide You with a link to both Wikipedia and some of the pieces on exhibition. I also attach his self-portrait to complete the introduction.
If You just consider which materials were available at that time, in terms of pigments and all the rest, no any whatsoever comparison not even with those available in the XIX century, You may easily realize that this painter, one of the too many other top ranking Italian masters often obscured by the auction market or the global legend of the various Leonardo, Michelangelo, Tiziano (Titien), Raphael or even Canaletto, was a really great one who changed the preceding Renaissance canons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Lotto
http://www.corriere.it/gallery/cultura/03-2011/lorenzo-lotto/1/lorenzo-lotto_18328300-44b6-11e0-9331-d6a950f4a7ad.shtml#1

byroncallas
03-03-2011, 03:21 AM
Pretty impressive Caesar. You couldn't be more right in your observations. I particularly like this painting Porträt einer Venezianerin als Lucrezia and his portrait of a young man, for example. Incredible work. :)

Suha
03-03-2011, 04:55 AM
Thank you Caesar This information is important to me
Useful to recalled the history of art from time to time

mannafig
03-03-2011, 07:24 AM
Fantastic:):)

AT-TA
03-03-2011, 03:32 PM
Thanks Caesar, for bringing this here. Love the pictures.... for their bright and light colors....:)

Caesar
03-03-2011, 10:38 PM
Glad You appreciated this painter ladies and gentleman. Thank You all!

There are painters that, considering their age, thus compared with contemporaries, show such an outstanding value, talent, style and personality and, still, are often known less than so many good "technician" that I often feel like there were undiscovered old mine and a sort of unjustice to just forget them.
If You wish to consider another number one, a XV century painter, Antonello da Messina, who first learned of and imported in Italy oil painting discovered by flemish artist, once again considering the peiod and the "competition", You would be absolutely stunned. And the sad news is that only a very limited amount of his artpieces still exist today.

Dear Anna, since You like bright and intense colors You may look also to some paintings of Guercino, another minor ancient painter not renowned enough I hope You heard about though. I like better though Guido Reni and Parmigianino.

pat1940
03-04-2011, 08:22 AM
Thanks for the info and these beautiful pieces of artwork Caesar, it is amazing the beauty they created with out the benifits that we have today.......BTW the site you sent to Suha was very interesting, I downloaded a few for the future;);):)

Caesar
03-04-2011, 09:42 PM
Thank You, dear Pat!

I'm glad You noticed and enjoyed the link and look forward You may use it in Your lovely masterpieces.
That gallery was just a list of the many marvellous cloisters of any style and age we've got here in Italy. A vague hint too of the nightmare we face being responsible to safeguard so much of the universal patrimony.

Venice, Rome and Florence most traveller visit are but the most prominent examples of a far wider list of towns, villages and places where You may stumble on outstanding marvels within few miles from the last You met.
I wasn't exaggerating by saying that Italy is a stunning concentration made of varied marvellous natural parks (unique and different mountains, volcanoes, hills and, sea views, with beautiful aboriginal species of many animals) and inhabited area hosting by far the widest, country-size entertainement park, when it comes at architecture and art left by almost three continuous millennia of civilization and a predominant or anyway major historical role.
I don't think to be kidding at all by affirming there's no comparable place anywhere where culture (in the widest definition, down to popular one), art and nature reached top class levels with such an impressive density of wealth distribution.

Mike Severoff
03-05-2011, 02:51 AM
Wow, cool!

pat1940
03-05-2011, 03:11 AM
Caesar, you are so right on the subject that most tourist visit the big cities and they miss so much by not venturing different avenues, I love the small towns and old buildings, and this is true of lots of countries, they dont see how the people really live, it is wonderful to see the passion you have for your country, I am anxious to paint a scene and hope I do you proud, will be starting as soon as I finish my bluebirds:D

coops
03-05-2011, 08:06 AM
Thanks Cesare for the link, I did enjoy looking at these paintings:)

Caesar
03-07-2011, 11:18 PM
Thank You, dear Mike and Katie! Glad You appreciated this stunning personality on show in this period in the stables of the magnificent Quirinale (the palace residence of our Republic President).
I provide herebelow some visual hints of this palace, one among some other comparable ones for magnificence just considering Rome alone.
Actually our art and painting history is a gold mine whence each now and then some absolutely great and a little forgotten or neglected master pops out ....:)

Dear Pat, I've no doubt that Your artistic sensitivity, talent and fast growing skills will soon compose some new wonderful paintings along that line too.
Since You like small towns with old buildings, let me give You a link to an example of touristically unknown abroad little town among the many we have all over my country. I think that anyone should be proud for the marvels mankind produced anywhere and think to them as a shared patrimony to enjoy and protect as much as the nature to save our souls and dreams.
This one is Gubbio, but I could find a quite nice one each week and still be far from finishing by year end ....
http://www.google.it/images?q=gubbio&um=1&hl=it&tbs=isch:1&ei=rK90Taa4FMftOanN2MAG&sa=N&start=0&ndsp=20

pat1940
03-08-2011, 02:38 AM
Caesar, thankyou so much for the beautiful pics, really appreciate them, have downloaded some more and looking forward to painting them, am just finishing up on one that I kept from the ones that you sent Suha, cant wait to see what you think of it....could you tell me what Chiostro means in English, that is the name of the picture;)

Lima
03-08-2011, 01:26 PM
Caesar, thank you very much.

Caesar
03-08-2011, 11:37 PM
Dear Pat, You're absolutely welcome, and I answered Your question in Your Chiostro painting. ;)

Caro Oriane, de nada, meu amigo!

Sketchism71
03-09-2011, 02:28 AM
This is a fantastic insight to some of the great Italian masters Caesar... Thank you!:eek:

Caesar
03-09-2011, 03:11 AM
Thank You, dear Sketch.:)
I'm never fully convinced if these flashbacks on masters I like or re-discovered or discovered, without any artwork by me, would be appreciated or rather felt a bit boring, especially when they cross many centuries. Anyway it looks like that the positive answers and interest shown here by so many mates was sincere and this thread was appreciated at the end of the day ...