The painting long carried a false signature of Perugino's on the hem of the Virgin's robe. The work is in fact probably by a close associate and imitator of Perugino.

The painting was originally round-topped and it is now displayed with a recreated addition at the top. The Virgin's robe is painted in ultramarine, the most expensive and intense blue pigment and one often reserved for the Virgin's drapery.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
living 1469; died 1523
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint John
Date made
about 1480 - 1500
Medium and support
Tempera on poplar
Dimensions
68.5 x 44.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1841
Inventory number
NG181
Location in Gallery