On the left is Saint Bonaventure, who is an important Franciscan saint, and on the right, Saint Francis himself; each of the saints is protecting a male donor.

The painting's style is near to that of Defendente Ferrari. It is an early work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1513; died 1555
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donors
Date made
perhaps about 1520
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on poplar
Dimensions
205.7 x 123.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1889
Inventory number
NG1295
Location in Gallery