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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Study for a figure of the Infant Baptist c.1853-76

Albumen print | 11.5 x 10.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850863

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) now in the Boymans-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam (inv. no.I.110). In Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876), the drawing was described as being then in the private collection of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. The drawing is a preparatory study for the figure of the Infant Baptist in 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).

Showing the full length kneeling figure of the Infant Baptist, turned three-quarter to the right, looking up and cuddling a lamb. Ruland listed the drawing as being in the at the time the Raphael Collection catalogue was compiled.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 11.5 x 10.3 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.68 A.XXV.10

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 203, no. 279

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