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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527)

Holy Family with the Infant Baptist ['The Virgin with the Long Thigh'] c.1515-1525

Engraving | 40.2 x 26.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851287

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A print reproducing a composition known as The Virgin with the Long Thigh, generally associated with paintings designed by Raphael between 1518-20 on the theme of the Sacra Famiglia and executed by his workshop. First state; signed with monogram 'S.R'.' on the barrel hanging at left. A second state impression with Salamanca's address can be found at RCIN 851288.

The composition was also engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi (see RCIN 851286). A related drawing (probably a copy after the engraving by Marco Dente, or after the original design by Raphael) is now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3948).

The print shows the full-length Virgin, seated on the ground with her left leg stretched out, supporting the Christ Child who sits on His cradle and reaches for the scroll presented to Him by the Infant Baptist, who kneels down at left; behind him is St Joseph who looks on; a male figure is partially hidden among ruins at right; against architectural background.
  • Creator(s)

    Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527) (engraver)

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

    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 40.2 x 26.7 cm (sheet of paper)

  • 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
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mammals
            • Wild horses
              • Donkeys
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.97 C.XLVIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael dans les collections fran├žaises 1983 : Hommage a Raphael. Raphael dans les collections fran├žaises: (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 15 novembre 1983-13 fevrier 1984), Paris p.358, under no.42 (entry by Pierrette Jean-Richard)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.207, no.XXXVIII.2 (entry by Stefania Massari)

    Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte) pp.290-01, under no.434

    Oberhuber/Gnann 1999 : Roma e lo stile classico di Raffaello, 1515-1527 / a cura di Konrad Oberhuber ; catalogo di Achim Gnann, 1999 p.146, no.86