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Follower of Pietro Perugino, The Virgin and Child with Saints

Key facts
Full title The Virgin and Child with Saints Dominic and Catherine of Siena, and Two Donors
Artist Follower of Pietro Perugino
Artist dates living 1469; died 1523
Date made perhaps about 1500-50
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 35.5 × 31.5 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2484
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Virgin and Child with Saints
Follower of Pietro Perugino

The Virgin Mary and Christ Child are seated on a wooden throne with steps, raising them above the other figures. To their right is Saint Dominic, who founded the Dominican Order in the twelfth century; on the other side is Saint Catherine of Siena, who was also a member of the Dominicans in the fourteenth century. Both hold lilies, the symbol of Saint Dominic, and wear the black-and-white Dominican habit (uniform). The kneeling figures in front of Saint Catherine are the donors – the people who commissioned the picture.

The artist who made this work painted in the style of the fifteenth-century Umbrian painter Perugino; he was probably working in the following century, rather than as a member of Perugino’s workshop. His figures lack a sense of three-dimensionality, but he has attempted to imitate the renowned ’sweetness' of Perugino’s figures which, like these, have softly rounded faces with delicate features.

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