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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), c. 1480 – 1556/1557

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

* Gallery 352, European Art 1500-1850, third floor (ARCO Gallery)

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.

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