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Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'Holy Family'; The Manchester Madonna 1857

Albumen print | 28.4 x 21.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2081440

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Photograph of a painting depicting the Virgin Mary, the Christ Child, St John the Baptist and two figure. The painting is unfinished and the outline of two further figures can be seen on the left side. 

At the time of the photograph, the painting was in the collection of Henry Du Pré Labouchère (1831-1912). The painting is attributed to Michelangelo (1475-1564) and was first shown at the Manchester Exhibition in 1857. Consequently, the work is commonly known as 'The Manchester Madonna'. The painting is now held by the National Gallery, London.

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After Michelangelo Buonarroti (Caprese 1475-Rome 1564) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 28.4 x 21.0 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.3 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Angels
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Paintings
          • Paintings-Italian school