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Carrara Academy Museum – The “Portrait of Lucina Brembati”

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The 'Portrait of Lucina Brembati' is one of Lotto's most important works in the Carrara Academy. This work was executed for Niccolò Bonghi, who appears on the far left of the painting, Lotto's landlord in Bergamo, as payment for rent. The large gap at the top seems to be due to a French soldier who, in 1528, fell in love with the landscape (probably a view of Bergamo) and cut it out of the panel. The subject of the portrait has been recognised both by the coat of arms of the family on the ring worn by the woman, and by solving the rebus proposed by Lotto inside the crescent moon: here the syllable "CI" leads back to the name of the gentlewoman portrayed, "Lu-ci-na".

Carrara Academy Museum – The “Portrait of Lucina Brembati”

Piazza Giacomo Carrara, 82, 24121 Bergamo BG, Italy

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