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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

A page from Giorgio Vasari's Libro de' Disegni c.1853-76

Albumen print | 22.8 x 17.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850674

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A photograph of a compilation of drawings mounted by Giorgio Vasari onto one sheet of his Libro de' Disegni, a collection of drawings gathered and sorted by Vasari during the 16th century. This drawing is now in the Albertina, Vienna (

At lower centre is a pen and ink drawing formerly attributed to Raphael (see RCIN 850673 for a photograph of it) described by Ruland (1876) as a study for the figure of the Infant Baptist in Raphael's so-called Colonna Altarpiece now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no.1630ab; see RCIN 850667 for a photograph of the painting). This drawing, recently attributed to Francesco Granacci, was pasted by Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) onto the Libro de' Disegni's sheet, which is formed by other drawings then believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci. 
  • Creator(s)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

  • 22.8 x 17.7 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Medical sciences
        • Anatomy
          • Heads
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.57 A.VI.8

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 172-185, no. 17 (for the Colonna Altarpiece)