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Holy Families & Madonna and Child

Holy Families & Madonna and Child

Studies for a Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist


Albumen print | RCIN 850710

A photograph of a compositional study by Raphael (c.1505) now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.161).

The drawing corresponds largely to Raphael’s so-called ‘Madonna of the Meadow’ (1505-1506), a painting now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no.GG175), for which it is in fact considered to be a preparatory study. See RCIN 850706 for a print reproducing the painting.

Showing the full length seated Virgin supporting with both hands the standing Christ Child who grasps the cross-staff held by the Infant Baptist, who kneels down before Him. In the top left corner is a separate red chalk study of the Virgin holding the Child’s shoulder.
  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)