Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, May 15–September 3, 2012
Catalog of the exhibition by Andrea Bayer and M. Cristina Rodeschini
Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 69 pp., $19.95 (paper)
The catalog of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo” has on its cover, amusingly, a work by Giovanni Battista Moroni. Perhaps the designer of the appealingly small-sized catalog chose the Moroni, a 1567 portrait of a young man with a background of a neutral color, because, more than other pictures in the show, it provided a good space to set forth the lengthy title. But the cover could be saying, editorially, that while Bellini, Titian, and Lotto are the presumed attractions, it is Moroni’s image of a tense young man, with closely cropped hair and beard, that genuinely grips our attention.