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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Adolphe André Wacquez (b. 1814)

Compositional and architectural studies c.1858

Crayon-manner engraving printed in red and dark brown, from two blocks, with tone plate | 46.7 x 32.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850859

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.456r; see RCIN 850858 for a photograph of the drawing). Published in Choix de dessins de Raphael qui font partie de la collection Wicar à Lille, Paris 1858, pl. XIX.

The drawing at the centre of the sheet is a study for Raphael's so-called Alba Madonna, a painting 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 sketches may relate to other Virgin and Child compositions by Raphael, possibly the Madonna della Seggiola (RCIN 850973) and the Madonna della Tenda (RCIN 850987), but not directly connected with any known painting by the master. At upper right are some architectural studies.
  • Creator(s)

    Adolphe André Wacquez (b. 1814) (engraver)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 46.7 x 32.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    39.7 x 25.7 cm (image)

    45.7 x 31.0 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural studies
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.68 A.XXV.6

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris pp.191-192, no. 545

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 202, no. 278r

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 82-88, no. 50