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After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Studies for the Virgin and Child c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864426

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A photograph of a drawing currently in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912739). The drawing is a copy of a red chalk study by Raphael (c.1518) now in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence (inv. no.535E; see RCIN 851040 for a photograph of it), executed in preparation for the figures of the Virgin and Child in the so-called ‘Holy Family of Francis I’, a painting attributed to Raphael and his workshop (1518) currently in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.604). Photographs of the original study by Raphael and of the ‘Holy Family of Francis I’ can be found at RCINs 851028, 851040.

Showing a full-length seated woman, turned to the left, holding a child under his armpits; another study of the bust and left arm of a woman at top right.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851041) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 11 (970570)
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London no. 0859

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 170-177, no. 62