Lotto’s St. Jerome (c.1506)
The benefits of just looking.....
There are many reasons why so much has remained undiscovered in art but an important one is tunnel vision. Take this painting of St. Jerome by Lorenzo Lotto - now on show in the Royal Academy's Age of Giorgione exhibition in London. Instead of looking at it like an expert would, forget at first that it's even by Lotto. It's just a painting for the eye to wander over and at length. Be patient; take some time. Above all, be open-minded and see if anything catches your eye.
but, for now, we will just focus on one key detail in his panel of St. Jerome in the Louvre.
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