(Milan 1473-74 - 1520)
oil on panel, cm 58 x 67
Signed and dated on the rear, the painting was at the centre of a long debate regarding its attribution, due in part to the presence of a nineteenth-century label describing it as being by an unknown artist, subsequently identified as Giovanni Bellini. Although strong doubt has been cast on the authenticity of the signature, which was totally unusual for Solario, he is now agreed to be the author. The notes of acute realism in the portrayal of the figures point to northern European references, which may also relate to the artist’s French sojourn at the end of the first decade of the sixteenth century.