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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Charles Simonneau (1645-1728)

Holy Family with the Infant Baptist [‘The Madonna delle Rovine’] published 1729

Etching and engraving | 50.0 x 37.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851091

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A print reproducing a composition traditionally known as The Madonna delle Rovine, known in several versions. This print is after the version believed to be the original one, formerly in the collection of William Banks (1786-1855) and now at Kingston Lacy, Dorset (inv. no.KLA.P.42); reproduced in reverse.

The painting is generally attributed to the workshop of Raphael (possibly Gianfrancesco Penni), datable c.1517-18. The lettering indicates that the painting was in the Escorial in Spain, at the time this print was published. Published in Recueil Crozat, Paris 1729, pl.34. A photograph of the painting can be found at RCIN 851093.

Showing the full-length Virgin supporting the Christ Child sitting on an architectural fragment by means of a ribbon tied around His waist, with the Infant Baptist kneeling down on the right and St Joseph holding a candle inside a building in the right middle-ground; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Simonneau (1645-1728) (engraver)

    After a work attributed to The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

    Subject(s)
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 50.0 x 37.8 cm (sheet of paper)

    37.7 x 29.5 cm (image)

    43.8 x 31.0 cm (platemark)

  • La Sainte Vierge.

  • 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
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Furnishings
            • Lighting Devices
              • Candles
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.82 A.XLIV.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 241-243, no. A6