One of a number of studio variations based on an early composition by Botticelli now in the Musée du Louvre, this picture differs from the prototype in omitting the figure of the young St John, while the background is considerably altered. This painting was owned by John Ruskin, whose admiration for Botticelli did much to revive interest in that artist in late nineteenth-century Britain.
Where to see this painting?
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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