Portrait of the Surgeon Gian Giacomo Bonamigo with His Son Giovanni Antonio

Lorenzo Lotto (Lorenzo di Tommaso Lotto), Italian (active Venice, northern Italy, and Marches), first documented 1503, died 1556

Made in Treviso, Italy, Europe


Oil on canvas

35 1/8 x 29 3/8 inches (89.2 x 74.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 196

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Gian Giacomo Bonamigo was a surgeon who also ran a bath house in Treviso (near Venice). Lorenzo Lotto’s account book records on March 7, 1544, that he billed the sitter 10 ducats for a portrait of himself and his son. The father’s expectations for his son’s future are shown by the surgical instruments he passes into the boy’s hesitantly outstretched hand.