Ludovico Martinengo came from a noble family of Brescia. The provenance supports the identification of the sitter.

The fragmentary letters of the inscription have been thought in the past to give the date 16 June 1530. But the costume is of a later date, and this would suggest that the date ought to be read as MDXXXXVI spread over two lines (i.e. 1546).


  • Title: Lodovico Martinengo
  • Creator: Bartolomeo Veneto
  • Date Created: 1530
  • Physical Dimensions: 105.5 x 72.6 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • School: Italian
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG287
  • Artist Dates: active 1502 - 1546
  • Artist Biography: Bartolomeo was born in Venice, but later worked in other North Italian cities. He is chiefly known for his portraits, which show great care in the rendering of costume.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1855

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