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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work by the circle of Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523)

A Woman brest-feeding a Child c.1853-76

Albumen print | 20.9 x 15.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851231

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A photograph of a drawing by an artist from the circle of Perugino, formerly attributed to Raphael; part of the Libretto Veneziano, now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (f.24v). The drawing corresponds closely with a sheet now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no.WA1846.13). A photograph of the Ashmolean drawing can be found at RCIN 851233.

The photograph shows a full-length young woman breast-feeding a clothed child, who stands beside her at left.

This drawing is part of the so-called Libretto di Raffaello or Libretto Veneziano, 53 sheets that used to be mounted in a volume. After complicated negotiations, the sketchbook was bought by the Accademia in the 1820s, after the death of Giuseppe Bossi, who was its previous owner. A number of scholars debated the author of the drawings (with many names proposed, such as Pinturicchio, Antonio da Viterbo, Eusebio del Giorgio, Girolamo Genga) and their date. In 1984, the drawings were catalogued as by an artist contemporary to Raphael, whose juvenile works he copied in this sketchbook (see Bibliographic References).
  • Creator(s)

    After a work by the circle of Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523) (artist)

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

  • 20.9 x 15.6 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • People
      • Children
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.93 C.XXX.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni umbri (1984); pp.79-80, no.23