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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Studies for a Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist c.1853-76

Albumen print | 22.4 x 18.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850710

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A photograph of a compositional study by Raphael (c.1505) now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.161).

The drawing corresponds largely to Raphael’s so-called Madonna of the Meadow (1505-1506), a painting now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no.GG175), for which it is in fact considered to be a preparatory study. See RCIN 850706 for a print reproducing the painting.

Showing the full length seated Virgin supporting with both hands the standing Christ Child who grasps the cross-staff held by the Infant Baptist, who kneels down before Him. In the top left corner is a separate red chalk study of the Virgin holding the Child’s shoulder.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 22.4 x 18.6 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
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.59 A.X.5

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Jacoby/Sonnabend 2012: edited by J. Jacoby and M. Sonnabend, Frankfurt/Main 2012 pp.97-9, no.6

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 160, no. 112

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 214-219, no. 26