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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Ignazio di Paolo Bonajuti (1787-c. 1830)

The Holy Family with a Book c.1841-1846

Engraving | 27.2 x 19.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850751

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An engraving reproducing the composition of a painting now in the Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence (inv. Pal. no. 247). Lettered with the title and production details. Probably published in Imperiale e reale Galleria di Firenze (1841-1846).

The authorship of the painting has been a matter of ongoing debate. Formerly attributed to Raphael, it has been ascribed to Giulio Romano for much of the twentieth century and is now generally though that it may be the work of G.F. Penni (see Bibliographic References).
  • Creator(s)

    Ignazio di Paolo Bonajuti (1787-c. 1830) (printmaker)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

    After Luigi Pompignoli (designer)

  • 27.2 x 19.9 cm (sheet of paper)

    16.6 x 11.1 cm (image)

    24.5 x 16.2 cm (platemark)


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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • 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: Joseph only
              • Virgin & Child-Reading a book
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.62 A.XV.13

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Henry/Joannides 2012 : Late Raphael, 2012. Edited by T. Henry and P. Joannides pp.220-1, no.55 (entry by Tom Henry)