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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Carlo Losi (active c. 1757-1805)

The Holy Family with the Infant Baptist republished in 1774

Etching | 44.0 x 28.4 cm (trimmed) (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851089

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A print after a painting attributed to Giovanni Lanfranco, datable c.1606-07, then in the possession of Nicola Verdura whose current whereabouts is unknown (sold at Christie's, 8 December 1995, lot 99); reproduced in reverse. Dated within image at lower centre: 1632. Lettered with attribution of the design to Raphael at lower right: RV. in. Annotated in ink at lower centre: 90 [?].

The composition of the painting is based on the so-called Madonna del Passeggio, a picture generally attributed to the workshop of Raphael after a design by the master (c.1518-20), currently on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (inv. no. NGL 064.46; see RCIN 851085 for a print after this painting) from the Duke of Sutherland Collection.

This print is a late reprint of an etching by Giacomo Antonio Stefanoni dated 1632. The etcher's name originally located in the margin below image at lower left has been replaced by the publisher's details, which have been subsequently scratched off. For an impression of this reprint with the publisher's address, see RCIN 851090.

Showing the full-length Virgin holding the Christ Child with her left hand and putting her right on the head of the Infant John the Baptist, who approaches them on the left holding a cross staff, with St Joseph leaning on a parapet on the left; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    Carlo Losi (active c. 1757-1805) (publisher)

    Giacomo Antonio Stefanoni (first half 17C) (etcher)

    After Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647) (artist)

    After a work copying The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

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

    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 44.0 x 28.4 cm (trimmed) (sheet of paper)

    40.0 x 28.4 cm (image)

  • Dic Vates quae uerb.a refers, quae poscis? Ioseph / Mirantur Mater, Caelica Sacra Viris.

  • 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
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.82 A.XLIII.5

  • Place of Production
    Rome [Lazio]