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Bartolomeo Vivarini: 'The Virgin and Child with Saints Paul and Jerome'

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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.

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