Brother Gregorio Belo of Vicenza

Lorenzo Lotto Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 608

Surrounded by darkness, Brother Gregorio beats his breast in penance in emulation of Saint Jerome (347–420 CE), the founder of the religious order to which he belonged. He looks at the viewer but, inspired by the book he holds, his meditations are on the Crucifixion, which Lotto shows in the background—a projection of Gregorio’s thoughts. In these ways, the picture depicts a mental state, moving beyond the notion of portraiture as a mere record of ap-pearance. Lotto’s interest in capturing the inner workings of his sitters can be linked to his study of the psycholog-ically probing portraits of Albrecht Dürer, who made two trips to Venice.

Brother Gregorio Belo of Vicenza, Lorenzo Lotto (Italian, Venice ca. 1480–1556 Loreto), Oil on canvas

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