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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

Robert Howlett (1831-58)

'Madonna with infant and St. John'; The Rest on the Flight into Egypt with St. John the Baptist 1857

Albumen print | 23.5 x 19.7 cm (image) | RCIN 2081364

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Photograph of a painting by Fra Bartolommeo (1472-1417) of the Virgin Mary, the Christ Child, Saint John and an infant Saint John the Baptist. The group are depicted seated together in an outdoor setting. The Christ Child reaches out and holds St. John's reed cross. A city is visible in the background. The group are depicted feeling Bethlehem. The painting is photographed in its frame.

At the time of the photograph, the painting was in the collection of Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, 7th Earl Cowper (1834-1905). The work is now held by the Getty Centre.

  • Creator(s)

    Robert Howlett (1831-58) (photographer)

    After Fra Bartolomeo (1475-1517) (artist)

    Saint John the Baptist
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 23.5 x 19.7 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