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Holy Families & Madonna and Child

Holy Families & Madonna and Child


Holy Family with Saints ['The Holy Family with the Pomegranate']

after 1853

Albumen print | 54.6 x 35.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851229

A photograph of the so-called 'Holy Family with a Pomegranate', a painting by Domenico Alfani (1511) now in the Galleria Nazionale, Perugia. The painting is based on a drawing which Raphael executed and presented to Domenico Alfani, currently housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.458). A photograph of Raphael's drawing at RCIN 851226.

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 holding the dedication in the upper portion and surmounted by the Dove of the Holy Spirit.
  • Creator(s)

    After Domenico Alfani (c. 1480-after 1553) (artist)

  • 54.6 x 35.6 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • 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
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Cherubs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    pp.223-4, under no.54, fig.75 (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))