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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

? Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Studies for a Holy Family c.1856-59

Albumen print | 22.8 x 15.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850728

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A photograph of a silver point study by Raphael (c.1507) now in the Louvre (inv. no.3861), executed in preparation for his so-called Holy Family under a Palm Tree (c.1506-07), a painting currently on loan to National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (inv. no.NGL 062.46), from the Duke of Sutherland Collection. See RCIN 850726 for a print reproducing the painting.

Showing the Christ Child turning to the left and laying on the lap of the Virgin, who supports Him with her right hand and further secures Him by holding a veil put around His waist. In the top left corner is a study for the head of St Joseph.
  • Creator(s)

    ? Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    ? Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

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

    Saint Joseph
  • 22.8 x 15.6 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
                  • Virgin & Child with Saints-Holy Family: Joseph only
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.60 A.XII.3

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    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. 57-58, no. 46

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 171,no. 155

    Raphael. The Pursuit of Perfection 1994 : Raphael. The Pursuit of Perfection, National Galleries of Scotland, 1994 p.47, no.12

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 246-249, no. 32