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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Studies of the Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist, and two female heads c.1853-76

Albumen print | 15.5 x 22.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851267

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A photograph of a drawing formerly attributed to Raphael now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3857). The sheet is a compilation of copies after drawings by Raphael.

The main study of the Virgin and Child (centre) is copied from the verso of a sheet by Raphael now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no.WA1846.162v). Other copies of Raphael's original are in the in the British Museum, London (inv. nos.1895-9-15-623, 1900-8-24-115), in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 912741) and in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.851267). The two female heads on the left are copied from a sheet attributed to Raphael also in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no.WA1846.168v). Photographs of the British Museum copies can be found at RCINs 851268, 851269, and of the Louvre copy at RCIN 851267.

The photograph shows the full-length Virgin, seated to the left, holding the Christ Child on her lap and supporting Him with both hands. The Child looks down at the Infant Baptist who sits on the ground and is seen from behind. At left, two studies of female heads. At right, another sketch of a Virgin and Child.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 15.5 x 22.5 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.96 C.XLIV.1

    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) p.92, no.81

    Catalogue of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. v. P. Pouncey and J.A.Gere, Raphael and His Circle (1962); p.36, under no.42