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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Bernard Picart (1673-1733)

Head of a woman published 1734

Etching | 21.2 x 14.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851010

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An etching reproducing a drawing then in the Vilenbrock Collection, Amsterdam and now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3950). Lettered with attribution of the drawing to Raphael. Published in B. Picart, Impostures Innocentes, Amsterdam, 1734, plate 7.

The Louvre drawing is presumably a copy after a lost drawing by Giulio Romano connected with the figure of the Virgin in the so-called La Perla, a painting now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (inv. no.301) generally attributed to Giulio (c.1518-19), possibly after a design by Raphael. For a photograph of the painting, see RCIN 851004.

Showing the head and shoulders of a woman, with cloth wrapped around her hair, looking down to the left.
  • Creator(s)

    Bernard Picart (1673-1733) (etcher)

    After? Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

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

  • 21.2 x 14.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    20.6 x 14.3 cm (image)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

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

    Ruland p.77 A.XXXVII.10

    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) pp. 522-523, no. 895

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 183-189, no. 64