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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work attributed to Francesco Granacci (1477-1543)

A study for an Infant Baptist c.1860-76

Carbon print | 4.7 x 11.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850673

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A photograph of a drawing depicting St John the Baptist now in the Albertina, Vienna (

This drawing was pasted by Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) onto a sheet of Giorgio Vasari's Libro de' Disegni, a collection of drawings gathered and sorted by Vasari during the 16th century. This sheet is formed by other drawings then believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci. See RCIN 850674 for a photograph of the whole sheet. The drawing of St John the Baptist was formerly attributed to Raphael, and was connected by Ruland (1876) with the figure of the Infant St John 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 has been recently attributed to Francesco Granacci.

Showing a full length standing figure of a child in profile to the right, with folded hands, carrying a cross.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Francesco Granacci (1477-1543) (draughtsman)

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

  • 4.7 x 11.8 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.56 A.VI.7

    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)