Art: Honor for Lotto

VENICE, a city that dreams much of the past, has staged six retrospective exhibitions of her long dead masters since 1935. Having already shown off her greatest—Bellini, Titian and Tintoretto—Venice this summer is doing homage to a lesser genius: Lorenzo Lotto. The city has gathered 121 Lottos from such faraway places as Stockholm and New York, hung them in a 16-room suite of the Doges' Palace. Its high, cool chambers, with coffered ceilings and huge chimney pieces, make almost too grand a setting for Lotto's art.

Lotto was a 16th century forerunner of Degas in France and Eakins in America. Like them,...

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