Renaissance faces: Lotto’s portraits

Thursday 22 November, 11am–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

Caroline Brooke

£45/£42 conc./£38 Members & Patrons

Who was Lotto? What makes his portraits so unique? Discover the expressive sensitivity of his enigmatic portraits on this one-day course.

Gain an in-depth understanding of Lotto’s fascinating and idiosyncratic contribution to the genre of Renaissance portraiture. The day includes talks, discussion, and a (non-guided) visit to the exhibition.



Lotto: His life and times

Gain insights into how Lotto’s life and art was impacted by the politics, economics, and society of the times. Who were his patrons and how did Lotto respond to their tastes and motivations in his portraits, some of which look intense, uneasy, and even weird to us today.


Comfort break (water provided)


Lotto and the Renaissance portrait

Explore Lotto’s unique contribution to the tradition of portraiture. How did portraiture develop during the early 16th century in Italy? Uncover how the work of other artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Leonardo da Vinci, and Titian impacted his style.


Lunch (not provided)


Gallery encounter: Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

Explore the work of Lotto first hand in the exhibition through a close-looking activity.



Take part in group discussion based on your Gallery investigation. Uncover clues about how Lotto responded to different demands and contexts in his work. What does his work reveal about life during the Renaissance?

Tutor’s biography

Caroline Brooke is an art historian. She was an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College, London for many years, and now lectures at the Courtauld Institute and the V&A. She has published articles on Venetian drawings and is researching narrative paintings in 16th-century Venice.

Image above: Detail from Lorenzo Lotto, Portrait of Giovanni della Volta with his Wife and Children, completed 1547