GIAMPIETRINO
(active 1520-40 in Milan)

Madonna and Child with Sts Jerome and Michael

1530s
Oil on panel, 61 x 74 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Giampietrino presents the attributes of his saints with great emphasis. He made them into an intentionally comical side issue. Jerome's lion shows off his sharp teeth and lolling tongue, St Michael's satanic imp entertains the viewer with his ram's horns, bat wings, wrinkled ears, thick lips and wide-open eyes.