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After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Study for a figure of the Virgin 1860

Albumen print | 32.3 x 20.2 cm (image) | RCIN 2864149

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.457v). The drawing is a preparatory study for the figure of the Virgin in Raphael's so-called ‘Alba Madonna’, a painting now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (inv. no.1937.1.24; see RCIN 850853.a for a photograph of the painting). See RCIN 850858 for a photograph of the recto of this drawing.

Showing the figure of the woman, seating on the ground, turned to the left, holding a book with her left hand and stretching out her right arm.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850860) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 9 (970568)

  • Creator(s)

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

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

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 32.3 x 20.2 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris pp.191-192, no. 545

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 202, no. 278v

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 82-88, no. 50