(b. ca. 1454, Perugia, d. 1513, Siena)
Virgin and Child1492-94
Tempera on panel, 42 x 39 cm
Despite his considerable activity as a painter of large-scale altarpieces and frescoed decorative cycles, Pinturicchio also painted a number of smaller devotional works, of which the present panel is a fine example. The Virgin holds the Infant Christ, who, in turn, holds out a goldfinch - a common symbol of his forthcoming Passion.