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After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864400

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1507) now in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912738). The drawing connects with a sheet attributed to Raphael currently in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3949). The two drawings show similarity in composition with ‘The Canigiani Holy Family’, a painting by Raphael now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich (inv. no.WA 476). It has been suggested that the two drawings may be either preparatory studies for a – lost or never executed - composition, or independent developments from ‘The Canigiani Holy Family’. A photograph of the 'Canigiani Holy Family’ can be found at RCIN 850756.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin supporting the standing Christ Child who leans backwards, with the crouched St Elizabeth supporting the Infant Christ on the left; in a landscape.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851098) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 12 (970571)

  • Creator(s)

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

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    Saint Elizabeth
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • 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. 0790