Professor Filippo Todini, who already knew the work from an old black-and-white photograph from the 1930s, believes the work might have been painted by an as-yet unidentified Emilian artist who, like many of his contempories, imitated Perugino's style. Moreover, the influence of Filippino might be the result of the painter seeing his altarpiece of the Mystic Marriage with Saints John the Baptist, Peter, Paul and Sebastian from 1501 in the church of San Domenico in Bologna.1
We are grateful to Dott.ssa Raffaella Zama, Prof. Daniele Benati, Prof. Filippo Todini and Prof. Andrea De Marchi for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.
1 See P. Zambrano and D. Katz Nelson, Filippino Lippi, Milan 2004, pp. 604–05, cat. no. 62, reproduced in colour p. 379, fig. 297.
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