'The Madonna di Loreto': An Altarpiece by Perugino for Santa Maria dei Servi, Perugia
Carol Plazzotta, Michelle O'Malley, Ashok Roy, Raymond White and Martin Wyld
Technical Bulletin Volume 27, 2006
This article deals with a late altarpiece on panel in the National Gallery by Pietro Perugino, The Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and Francis, otherwise known as ‘The Madonna di Loreto’. The picture is a documented commission completed in 1507, destined for the church of Santa Maria dei Servi in Perugia.
‘The Madonna di Loreto’ was cleaned and restored in 2002–2004 and a number of aspects of the altarpiece are described: the subject; the circumstances of the commission; the cost of the altarpiece in relation to other documented commissions from the Perugino workshop; the materials and technique; infrared and X-ray examination and Perugino’s reuse of cartoons in the design; the conservation history of the panel; and analysis of surface coatings applied at various stages of the painting’s history. The rediscovery of the original frame in Perugia is reported.
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Plazzotta, C., O'Malley, M., Roy, A., White, R., Wyld, M. '"The Madonna di Loreto": An Altarpiece by Perugino for Santa Maria dei Servi, Perugia'. National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol 27, pp 72–95.
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