Virgin and Child
Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci dit Le Perugin
Città della Pieve, 1445 - Fontignano, 1523
Around 1470, tempera on wood, 61 x 41 cm
Italian Museum – Venetian Gallery
One remarks on the identical position of the infant Jesus in this work by Pérugin and in the painting today attributed to Botticelli. This similarity is explained by the fact that the two young painters were in the same workshop and that they both actually copied a prototype by Andrea Verrocchio. One can make out Flemish influence in the painter of Umbrian origin, in his attention to the landscape and the atmosphere, characteristics that do not exist in Florentine tradition, as represented by Sandro Botticelli.