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Modello for the 'Holy Family with a Pomegranate'


Albumen print | 33.5 x 22.3 cm (image) | RCIN 2864150

A photograph of a squared drawing by Raphael currently housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.458). The drawing is a modello for a painting executed in 1511 by Raphael's associate Domenico Alfani, currently in the Galleria Nazionale, Perugia. Ruland (1876) catalogued the drawing as being then in the Wicar Museum, Lille.

The photograph shows the full-length seated Virgin, supporting the naked Christ Child who reaches for a pomegranate presented to Him by St Joseph; St Joachim is behind the Holy Family at right, and St Anne stands at left, with the Infant Baptist in the left foreground and looking at the beholder; set against a landscape background, with cherubs in the upper portion.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851226) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 13 (970572)

  • Creator(s)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)


    Blessed Virgin Mary
    Saint Joseph
    Saint Anne
  • 33.5 x 22.3 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
              • Virgin & Child with Saints
                • Virgin & Child with Saints-Holy Family
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Biological sciences
        • Zoology
          • Animals
            • Mythical creatures
              • Cherubs
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p.175, no.174r

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    pp.184-5, no.531

    Raphael et l'art francais 1983-84 : Hommage a Raphael. Raphael et l'art francais (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 15 novembre 1983-13 fevrier 1984)
    pp.223-4, no.54