Aurelio Lomi "Portrait of the Dog Roldano"

Aurelio Lomi, Portrait of Roldano the Dog

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Author/ School/ Dating:

Aurelio Lomi (Pisa, 1556-1622)

Technique and Dimensions:

Oil on canvas

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Roldano the dog is the subject of a work painted by Aurelio Lomi, an artist from Pisa working in Genoa between 1597 and 1604, in which an elegant page is engaged in grooming the animal with a silver brush. The dog, a traditional symbol of loyalty, takes on great symbolic value in this painting. Roldano was given to Giovanni Andrea I by King Philip II in recognition of the Dorias’ loyalty to the Spanish crown. After his death, the Molossian hound was buried with great honour in the north garden of the Villa, no longer in existence.