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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Adolphe André Wacquez (b. 1814)

Study for a figure of the Virgin c.1858

Crayon-manner engraving printed in red, with tone plate | 48.8 x 35.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850861

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-11) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.457v; see RCIN 850860 for a photograph of this drawing). Published in Choix de dessins de Raphael qui font partie de la collection Wicar à Lille, Paris 1858, pl. XX.

The drawing is a preparatory study for the figure of the Virgin 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). See RCIN 850858 for a photograph of the recto of this drawing).

Showing the figure of a woman, seating on the ground, turned to the left, holding a book with her left hand and stretching out her right arm.
  • Creator(s)

    Adolphe André Wacquez (b. 1814) (engraver)

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

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 48.8 x 35.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    39.0 x 25.4 cm (image)

    48.0 x 34.2 cm (platemark)

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

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

    Ruland p.68 A.XXV.8

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris pp.191-192, no. 545

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 202, no. 278v

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