Monte San Giusto - Church of Santa Maria della Pietà in Telusiano


he church was restored between 1513 and 1529 and commissioned by Nicolò Bonafede from Monte San Giusto (1464-1534), an important figure of the Papal court and Bishop of Chiusi, to be his family's mausoleum. The church hosts the famous altarpiece representing the Crucifixion by Lorenzo Lotto. The altarpiece, commissioned by the bishop of Chiusi, is divided into three levels showing Jesus Christ and two thieves and the desperation of Our Lady and the Holy Women. On the left, there is Niccolò Bonafede who is taking part to the prayer. The altarpiece is one the most impressive Renaissance artworks thanks to its bright colours, and the contrast between the light and the dark sky. The church also hosts late-16th frescoes by Durante Nobili from Caldarola, who was a pupil of Lorenzo Lotto and a version of Our Lady of Trapani by Nino Pisano.


Monte San Giusto - Church of Santa Maria della Pietà in Telusiano

Via Tolomei, 5
Monte San Giusto (MC)
0733.53162 0733.839006-7

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Lorenzo Lotto -Painter

Born in Venice around 1480, the young artist Lorenzo Lotto chose to move to Treviso. There Lotto formed a relationship with the humanist circle of Bishop Bernardo De Rossi from Parma, which straight away provided him with advantageous and profitable commissions. In 1508 Lotto was called to the Vatican in Rome to paint the rooms of the new apartment of Julius II. During the period between 1509 and 1516 the movements of the Venetian artist are somewhat obscure. The following decade, spent in Bergamo, was undoubtedly Lotto’s happiest and most creative period. At the end of 1525, after an absence of 20 years, he decided to return to Venice where however the rising star of Titian, with his sensuous and joyful painting, precluded the favour of the patrons towards Lotto. He died in the Marche in 1556 and was buried, at his request, in a Dominican friar’s habit. Lotto accomplished many works in the Marche, providing testimony to his genius and his remarkable personality.

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