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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work copying The Workshop of Raphael

Holy Family with Saints c.1800-1876

Lithograph | 33.4 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851053

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A lithograph after a painting which, according to the legend below the image, was then in Vienna (?) and thought to be by Raphael.

The composition is based on 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 In the composition reproduced in this lithograph, the angels have been eliminated and the figure of St Elizabeth has been replaced by that of a female saint (St Catherine of Alexandria?) holding the right arm of the Infant Baptist. 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 St Catherine of Alexandria with the Infant Baptist standing on the left.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

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

    Saint Catherine
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 33.4 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper)

    24.2 x 16.8 cm (image)


  • Added to 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
              • 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.24

    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