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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Narcisse Lecomte (1794-1882)

Holy Family with St Anne and the Infant Baptist [‘La Perla’] published 1 September 1845

Etching and engraving | 87.2 x 66.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851003

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A print after the so-called La Perla, a painting now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (inv. no.301) generally attributed to Giulio Romano (c.1518-19), possibly after a design by Raphael. Lettered state, with production details and title. With the publisher's blind stamp at lower left (not in Lugt).

Showing the full-length Virgin supporting the Christ Child and putting her left hand on the shoulder of St Anne who is crouched beside her, with the young John the Baptist approaching the group on the left offering fruit, and St Joseph partially hidden among ruins in the background at left; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    Narcisse Lecomte (1794-1882) (engraver)

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

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

    Bougeard : Paris (printer)

    Goupil & Vibert : 15 Boulevard Montmartre & 7 Rue de Lancry, Paris (publisher)

    Gambart, Junin & Co : 25 Berners Street, Oxford Street (publisher)

    Saint Anne
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 87.2 x 66.0 cm (sheet of paper)

    45.2 x 35.2 cm (image)

    59.0 x 45.2 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
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Beds
            • Cradles
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.76 A.XXXVII.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

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