Palma Il Vecchio

Via Roma


The artist Jacopo Nigretti, known as Palma il Vecchio (the Elder), was born in Serina in 1480 and became a celebrated painter in his own lifetime, so much so that Vasari wrote of him “Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarotti would not have done otherwise.” He moved to Venice as a young man, the then hub of new artistic trends, where he died in 1528. He was the great-uncle of Palma the Younger. He was a friend and rival of L. Lotto. He learned the tricks of the trade from Previtali from Bergamo and took inspiration from artists such as Bellini, Giorgio Carpaccio and Tiziano. He had many commissions, both private and religious in nature, and his favourite subjects were mythology, portraits and religious art. Today his works are in great museums all over the world, such as the Louvre, the Ermitage, the National Gallery and the Gemaeldegallerie. So the exhibition in Bergamo in 2015 will be a unique opportunity to view his masterpieces in the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.