In his 1989 publication on early Umbrian pictures, La pittura umbra, Filippo Todini identifed a small group of stylistically coherent devotional works, gathered together under the name of Pseudo Gerino da Pistoia. A Florentine follower of Perugino, he was infuenced by Andrea d’Assisi, called l’Ingegno, and Rocco Zoppo, who, according to Vasari, collaborated with Perugino in his work in the Sistine Chapel. The Pseudo Gerino, whilst in many respects similar to Gerino da Pistoia (1480-after 1529), is distinguished for his more decorative style, exemplifed in the present lot. Our tondo is comparable to the picture of the same format in the Galleria Franchetti, Ca’ d’Oro in Venice and to the altarpiece in the church of San Francesco, Fiesole, dated 1502. Other examples of his work are in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels and in Vassar College, Museum of Art, New York (see F. Todini, La pittura umbra, Milan, 1989, p. 76).
We are grateful to Dr Todini for confrming the attribution on the basis of a photograph, and for his kind assistance in cataloguing the present lot.