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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After Cesare da Sesto (Milan 1477-Milan 1523)

A seated female figure, the blessing Christ Child, and the Virgin with Holy children c.1860-76

Carbon print | 17.7 x 13.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850867

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A photograph of a drawing by Cesare da Sesto now in Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.6781), formerly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The sheet features several studies, including that of a group of the Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist, which has been described either as probably after a lost drawing by Raphael for his so-called Alba Madonna or a free interpretation after the painting. The Alba Madonna is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (inv. no.1937.1.24; see RCIN 850853.a for a photograph of the painting).

The other studies on the sheet include a female draped figure seating in profile to the left (centre), a naked blessing child (top right) and the Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist (top left).
  • Creator(s)

    After Cesare da Sesto (Milan 1477-Milan 1523) (artist)

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    After a work previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 17.7 x 13.4 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1860-76)

  • 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
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.69 A.XXV.14

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte) p. 186, no. 246