A Goldsmith in Three Views

Lorenzo Lotto’s unforgettable portrait of a goldsmith in three positions was recorded as a Titian by Van der Doort. It was clearly much admired, providing the inspiration for one of the major artistic commissions of the reign: Van Dyck’s portrait of Charles I in three positions, which was sent to the sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini in Rome as a model from which to make a marble bust of the King. This bust, now lost, appears in Greenwich Palace in the Sale inventory.

Van der Doort c.1639


Another picture with 3 Heads, one full-faced and two profile, all 3 holding a box with rings, all 3 [rings] done by one jeweler

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 20, № 18
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
2ft 1in x 2ft 5in (63.5 x 73.7cm)
black waved ebony frame
Hang notes: 
under no 17
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 25
Other inventories: 
Mantua 1627, no. 1284 (90 lire)
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51