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Lorenzo Lotto was a Renaissance winner

Christ Taking Leave of His Mother, 1521 Christ Taking Leave of His Mother, Lorenzo Lotto, 1521
We are sorry to report that Biography Resource Center did not win the $212 million jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery last night (we don’t have Powerball in our state, so we didn’t win that one either). If we did, we’d be able to deliver all sorts of cool features and technology, cut our subscription price to zero, feed a lot of hungry children, broker world peace, and buy a few new pairs of shoes. Alas, it was not meant to be.
In order to lift our spirits, we did a search for anybody named “lottery” (surely there must be somebody out there with this name, what with all the Apples and Suris and Orangelos and Lemongelos and Mister Allen Iversons and Jermajestys in existence). No dice on that one. However, we did find the Venetian Renaissance artist Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556). A religious man, he was an excellent painter of both portraiture and historic scenes.

Lotto was a wanderer and evidently improvident, for though he was celebrated as a painter by his contemporaries he was poor. His travels and long sojourns took him to Ancona, Treviso, and the Marches, but Venice was his principal place of residence. In 1552 he moved to Loreto and gave all his property (such as it was) and the promise of his services as a painter to the sanctuary of the Holy House. In return, he was made an oblate of the Blessed Virgin. He died in Loreto sometime after Sept. 1, 1556.

It has yet to be discovered what his feelings on lotteries were.

Source: “Lorenzo Lotto.” Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed. 17 Vols. Gale Research, 1998.

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Posted on: March 4, 2009, 3:24 pm Category: Factoids

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