Giovanni Agostino della Torre, a Bergamo physician, is known to have died in 1535, aged 81. He was therefore 61 at the time this portrait was painted; the likeness of his son Niccolò was presumably added later by the painter.

The letter is inscribed: Dno Nicolao de la tur/re nobili bergom . . ./. . The foreground scroll is inscribed: Medicorum Esculapio/Joanni Augustino Ber/gomatj; amicosingmo/Bg.mj; on the book: Galienus.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - 1556/7
Full title
The Physician Giovanni Agostino della Torre and his Son, Niccolò
Date made
about 1513-16
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
85 x 68.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1862
Inventory number
Location in Gallery