Saint Paul at the left carries his attribute, a sword. The other saint may be Jerome. He is dressed in cardinal's robes and is reading a book. Both saints are placed behind rather than beside the Virgin, the composition, which is cramped, was perhaps originally designed without them. The gold background and the haloes are not original.

The painting was probably made in Venice in the 1460s; in style it is indebted to Mantegna. This is considered to be one of the artist's earlier works.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1432? - after 1499?
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints Paul and Jerome
Date made
about 1460s
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
95.3 x 63.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1855
Inventory number
NG284
Location in Gallery