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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Studies of the Virgin and Child, and studies of the Holy children c.1853-76

Albumen print | 15.1 x 22.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850865

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A photograph of a drawing by Cesare da Sesto (c.1510-15) now in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 912563), formerly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The sheet features several studies for a composition with the Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist. The sketches show similarities in composition to Raphael’s so-called Alba Madonna, a painting now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (inv. no.1937.1.24; see RCIN 850853.a for a photograph of the painting).
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

    After Cesare da Sesto (Milan 1477-Milan 1523) (artist)

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    After a work previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 15.1 x 22.0 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
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.69 A.XXV.12

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Pedretti : Pedretti, C., 1982-7. The Drawings and Miscellaneous Papers of Leonardo da Vinci in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle, London and New York no. 308

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 82-88, no. 50