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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Giuseppe Longhi (1766-1831)

Holy Family with St Elizabeth and St John the Baptist [‘The Madonna del Divino Amore’] dated 1827

Engraving with etching | 71.2 x 52.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850927

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A print reproducing the composition of the so-called Madonna del Divino Amore (c.1518), a painting currently attributed to Raphael’s workshop housed in the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples (inv. no.146). According to Ruland (1876), this print was made from a replica of the original painting commonly ascribed to G.F. Penni. With the blind stamp of the publisher in the lower right corner (Lugt 1985), and of the printer in the lower left (Lugt 524).

Showing the seated Virgin holding the blessing Christ Child on her legs, with St Elizabeth at her side and the Young St John the Baptist kneeling down on the left; St Joseph stands in the background to the left.
  • Creator(s)

    Giuseppe Longhi (1766-1831) (engraver)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Giuseppe Longhi (1766-1831) (designer)

    Calcografia Della Bella, e Comp. : Florence (printer)

    Niccolò Pagni (active 1796-1829) (publisher)

    Empress Marie Louise (1791-1847) (dedicatee)

    Giuseppe Longhi (1766-1831) (dedicator)

    Subject(s)
    Saint Elizabeth
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 71.2 x 52.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    38.9 x 29.9 cm (image)

    47.0 x 35.5 cm (platemark)

  • NUNC EGO MITTO TE APERIRE OCULOS EORUM

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • 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.72 A.XXX.17

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 247-251, no. A8