The four saints are not identifiable, although, the one on the left with a book is probably a Franciscan. The group of the Virgin and Child is derived in reverse, except for the hands, from an engraving by Mantegna. The frieze-like composition is probably also a reminiscence of Mantegna, and the picture is acceptable as a comparatively late work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1455/60? - 1519?
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Four Saints
Date made
about 1490-1510
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
48.3 x 106.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
NG3091
Location in Gallery