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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Charles Clifford (1819-62)

Holy Family with Saints after 1853

Albumen print | 18.4 x 15.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851052

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A photograph of a painting formerly in the Escorial in Spain (according to an annotation in the master copy of Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue kept in the Print Room at Windsor Castle). Not included in Ruland (1876).

The composition of the painting is derived from the so-called Holy Family of Francis I, a painting attributed to Raphael and his workshop (1518) now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.604). In the photographed painting, the angels are replaced by the figures of St Anne and Zachariah (?). A photograph of the Holy Family of Francis I can be found at RCIN 851028.

Showing the full-length Virgin supporting the Christ Child stepping out of His cradle; with St Joseph behind her on the right, and the crouched St Elizabeth supporting the Young John the Baptist who clasps his hands in adoration on the left; with St Anne (?) between the two Holy women and St Zachariah (?) standing behind the group on the left.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Clifford (1819-62) (photographer)

    After a work copying The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

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

    Saint Elizabeth
    Saint Anne
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 18.4 x 15.3 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
              • Virgin & Child with Saints
                • Virgin & Child with Saints-Holy Family
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.80 A.XXXVIII.23a(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 170-177, no. 62