The essay is based on a research conducted for the workshop “Lombard
artworks in Italian and foreign museum”, organized by the Scuola di Specializzazione
in Storia dell’arte, Università Cattolica, Milan between 2001
and 2003. The project focused on a selection of works of Lombard art, certain
or presumed, from the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Bordeaux, originally
part of the collection of Marquise of Lacaze (1773-1830). The examination
of the inventories of this collection, kept in the museum and in the Archives
Municipales in Bordeaux, proceeded side by side with an analysis of the
documents on each work – mostly expert’s opinions by scholars from all
over the world – which made it possible to trace the history of the attributions
of these pieces from the acquisition by the museum (1829) to nowadays.
The analyzed paintings are still relatively unstudied, and the author
suggests new possible attributions for three of them.