This painting dates to the first quarter of the 16th century and was likely the central panel of a Marian altarpiece. Several characteristics indicate that this painting was by the hand of the Master of the Perea, such as the way the hairlines are parted in the middle. This is consistent with the Virgin's hair in the aforementioned altarpiece now in the Museo de Bellas Artes, Valencia. The intricate design of the Virgin's mantle, both luminous yet tangible, remains the same between the two paintings with embroidery of precious gems and pearls at the edge.
We are grateful to Dr. José Gómez Frechina for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.
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