Federico Zeri considered the picture to be distinctive enough to form part of a group of paintings he gave to an artist called the “Gualino Pesellinesque Master,” a painter active in the mid 15th Century whom he christened after a Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Anthony Abbot in the Gualino collection, now in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin (inv. 654). That painting also shows the Madonna enthroned and seated on a dais with a circular step before her, the foreground also painted in the same faux marble technique. Zeri included only five pictures in this grouping, all of them depicting the Madonna in majesty, and all but one flanked by various saints. The influence of Pesellino is present in all, although some scholars have not fully recognized Zeri's grouping. Indeed, tentative attributions for the present work to Apollonio di Giovanni and the Master of the Castello Nativity have been suggested.
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