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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Modello for the 'Holy Family with a Pomegranate' c.1853-76

Albumen print | 33.4 x 22.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851226

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A photograph of a squared drawing by Raphael currently housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.458). The drawing is a modello for a painting executed in 1511 by Raphael's associate Domenico Alfani, currently in the Galleria Nazionale, Perugia. Ruland (1876) catalogued the drawing as being then in the Wicar Museum, Lille.

The photograph shows the full-length seated Virgin, supporting the naked Christ Child who reaches for a pomegranate presented to Him by St Joseph; St Joachim is behind the Holy Family at right, and St Anne stands at left, with the Infant Baptist in the left foreground and looking at the beholder; set against a landscape background, with cherubs in the upper portion.
  • Creator(s)

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

    Saint Joseph
    Saint Anne
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 33.4 x 22.3 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • 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
          • Mythical creatures
            • Cherubs
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.93 C.XXIX.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.175, no.174r

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris pp.184-5, no.531

    Raphael et l'art francais 1983-84 : Hommage a Raphael. Raphael et l'art francais (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 15 novembre 1983-13 fevrier 1984) pp.223-4, no.54