Virgin and Child with Saint Jerome
Attributed to Pinturicchio (Bernardino di Betto), Italian (Umbrian), about 1452–1513 Italian (Umbrian) Formerly attributed to Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, Italian (Umbrian), about 1440–1522 to 1525 Italian (Umbrian)
52.7 x 39 cm (20 3/4 x 15 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on panel
Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 219)
This early work displays the hallmarks of Pintoricchio's style-serene figures, a remarkable play of light on surfaces, and the skillful rendering of such minute details as the hair of the figures here. Pintoricchio's nickname, which means "little painter," referred to his small size and not to his artistic reputation. During his lifetime he was considered one the outstanding painters in Italy and worked for popes and their families. This painting is in excellent condition except for the Virgin's mantle, which has darkened from its original brilliant blue.