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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534)

Holy Family with the Infant Baptist ['The Virgin with the Long Thigh'] c.1515-25

Engraving | 37.5 x 26.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851286

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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. Only state. Signed with engraver's empty tablet at lower left.

The composition was also engraved by Marco Dente (see RCINs 851287, 851288). 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 looking on, with a donkey at his side; a male figure is partially hidden among ruins at right; against architectural background.
  • Creator(s)

    Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534) (engraver)

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

    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 37.5 x 26.1 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)

    Shoemaker/Broun 1981 : I. Shoemaker and E. Broun. The Engravings of Marcantonio Raimondi: Spencer Museum of Art; The Ackland Art Museum, 1981 p.178, no.59 (entry by Innis H. Shoemaker)

    Raphael dans les collections françaises 1983 : Hommage a Raphael. Raphael dans les collections françaises: (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 15 novembre 1983-13 fevrier 1984), Paris pp.357-8, no.42

    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.1 (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.290-1, 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.147, no.87

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.181, no.A 35