Description of the artwork «Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Christopher»
The image of the saints, as a rule, was the choice of the customer of the work, who wanted to see patron saints near the Madonna, revered by him and his family.
The graceful "Madonna" in the author's frame from the collection of Italian painting of the 8th-20th centuries of the Pushkin Museum was previously in the Moscow Rumyantsev Museum and was considered the work of Sano di Pietro. In 1901, the painting was donated to the Rumyantsev Museum by Dmitry Alekseevich Khomyakov (1841-1919), a Russian thinker, Slavophile, at one time the director of the Stroganov Central School of Technical Drawing. The painting was attributed in 1909 by Pavel Muratov, who attributed it to the Sienese master Matteo di Giovanni.