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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Pierre Etienne Moitte (1722-80)

Holy Family with St Anne published 1753

Engraving with etching | 37.3 x 44.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851322

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A print after a painting attributed on plate to Andrea del Sarto when in the Royal Gallery, Dresden. Lettered with production details, and dated on plate below coat of arms: 1752. Published in Recueil d'estampes d'après les plus célèbres tableaux de la Galerie Royale de Dresde, Dresden 1753, plate 7.

The painting, now attributed to Vincenzo Catena, is currently housed in the Staatliche Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Another painting of this subject by Catena was previoulsy in the collection of Count Mexborough, London (G. Robertson, Vincenzo Catena, 1954, pp.56ff).

The composition is derived from a drawing now in the Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House (inv. no.90), formerly attributed to Raphael and now generally ascribed to Giulio Romano. Photographs of the Chatsworth at RCINs 851319, 851320.

The print shows the Virgin sitting on the lap of St Anne, while supporting the Christ Child on her knees with both hands; the Child reaches for St Joseph who leans over a wheeled walking frame at right; with landscape beyond.
  • Creator(s)

    Pierre Etienne Moitte (1722-80) (engraver)

    After a work previously attributed to Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486-Florence 1530) (artist)

    After a work attributed to Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

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

    Saint Anne
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 37.3 x 44.2 cm (sheet of paper)

    35.3 x 42.3 cm (image)

    36.2 x 43.8 cm (platemark)

  • 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.100 D.X.3

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.184, no.A 39.2