Provenance of 17th century painting
Research is being undertaken to see if this painting could be the missing copy made in 1608 by Giovanni Lanfranco. That work was commissioned by Scipione Borghese to replace Raphael’s original when it was removed to Rome from Perugia. Pigment analysis, undertaken in collaboration with History of Art and the National Gallery, London, dates the painting to the early 17th century, and suggests that it was made in central Italy. A joint paper about the research was delivered in May 2012 at the Copenhagen International Conference on Copying, Emulating and Replicating Paintings in the 15th-18th century.