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After Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis

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Full title The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis
Artist After Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
Artist dates about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Date made perhaps about 1508-30
Medium and support Oil on poplar
Dimensions 49.5 × 87 cm
Acquisition credit Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number NG3112
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child with Saint Paul and Saint Francis
After Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano

The Virgin and Christ Child stand between two saints, one from the first century, one from the thirteenth. They don't have haloes, but we can tell who they are from their appearances and traditional attributes.

On the left is the first-century Saint Paul, holding a book and the sword with which he was martyred. On the right is Saint Francis, one of the most venerated figures in Christian history, wearing the brown robe of the religious order he founded, the Franciscans.

Although this painting was once attributed to Cima da Conegliano, it is now thought to have been done by an assistant, maybe using workshop drawings. No other version of this composition survives, but all the figures can be found in other works by Cima.

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