(b. ca. 1450, Cortona, d. 1523, Cortona)

Madonna and Child with Saints

Panel, 221 x 189 cm
Museo dell'Opera dell Duomo, Perugia

In this major altarpiece by Luca Signorelli, the enthroned Madonna and Child is accompanied by four saints, two of whom stand upon the base which supports her throne. A lute-playing angel, seated beneath the Virgin, intently tunes his instrument. Below a transparent glass with flowers casts a shadow, revealing the light source from the left.