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Filippo Mazzola, The Virgin and Child with Saints

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child with Saint Jerome and the Blessed Bernardino da Feltre
Artist Filippo Mazzola
Artist dates active 1490; died 1505
Date made after 1494-1505
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 55.9 × 74.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1894
Inventory number NG1416
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Filippo Mazzola

The Virgin with the Christ Child on her lap is flanked by two saints. On the left is an old bearded man, possibly Saint Jerome; he wears a ragged white robe tied around his waist with a belt made of a twisted olive branch. On the right is a younger man in the grey habit of an observant Franciscan, an austere branch of the religious order founded by Saint Francis. This is Blessed Bernardino da Feltre, a popular preacher. Instead of a full halo, a series of golden rays emanate from his head: he was not formally made a saint until 1653.

The artist, Filippo Mazzola, signed his name along the parapet behind which the holy figures stand. Although not a great painter himself, Mazzola was the father of one: Parmigianino.

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