- 30th June − 28th October 2012 | Scottish National Gallery | £7 (£5)
Giovanni Battista Lusieri was born in Rome on 14 October 1754 and was baptised in the basilica of St Peter’s three days later. Nothing certain is known about Lusieri’s artistic training, although he probably learnt to draw from his father, who was a silversmith. From a passing comment in a letter he wrote many years later, we learn that his ‘renowned teacher’ was a portrait painter.
Lusieri’s surviving Roman works span just four years, from 1778 to 1781. Most of Lusieri’s clients were evidently foreign visitors to Rome, but only one is known by name. Philip Yorke, later 3rd Earl of Hardwicke, has emerged as his most important early patron, acquiring at least ten works from him.