Current knowledge

Lorenzo Lotto

A Goldsmith in Three Views

© Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, KHM-Museumsverband 578
Current measurements: 
52cm x 79cm

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.

Sale Inventory c.1649-51
Walpole Society reference (1972):