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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Adam von Bartsch (1757-1821)

Study for the Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist and St Elizabeth c.1777-1811

Etching | 38.6 x 33.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850767

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A facsimile etching of a drawing currently attributed to the so-called ‘Calligraphic Forger’ now in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no.17576). Lettered with production details. See RCIN 850766 for a photograph of the drawing.

Ruland (1876) described the drawing as a study by Raphael for his so-called Canigiani Holy Family (c.1507-08; see RCIN 850756 for a photograph of the painting). It is now generally thought that the drawing is based on a sheet in the Musée Chantilly (see RCIN 850769 for a photograph of it), lacking the figure of St Joseph. See Bibliographic References.

Showing the Virgin supporting the Christ Child on her knees, who leans forward to the Infant Baptist resting on St Elizabeth’s lap.
  • Creator(s)

    Adam von Bartsch (1757-1821) (etcher)

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

    Subject(s)
    Saint Anne
  • 38.6 x 33.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    28.0 x 23.2 cm (image)

    35.2 x 29.7 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
              • Virgin & Child with Saints
                • Virgin & Child with Saints-Holy Family
                  • Virgin & Child with Saints-Holy Family: More than one other figure
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.63 A.XVI.16

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Catalogue of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. v. P. Pouncey and J.A.Gere, Raphael and His Circle (1962); pp.48-50

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 227-232, no. 30