Pellegrino was a notable miniaturist, like his Florentine contemporary Lorenzo Monaco (ca. 1370–1425), and produced decorated choir books for the Sienese Pope Pius II for the Cathedral in Pienza and the Duomo in Siena. Paintings such as the signed and dated 1490 Madonna and Child with Saints in the Brooks Museum, Memphis show with their elongated forms and pointy physiognomies the influence of Giovanni di Paolo. However, as his career moved forward Pellegrino’s style comes increasingly close to that of his contemporary, Sano di Pietro (ca. 1465–70).
Books on Pellegrino di Mariano
Piero Torriti, La Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, Genova, 1990.
John Pope-Hennessy, Sassetta, London, 1939.
John Pope-Hennessy, Giovanni di Paolo, 1403-1438, New York, 1938.