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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 1774

Etching | 54.4 x 39.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851090

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A print after a painting then in the possession of Nicola Verdura; reproduced in reverse. Dated on plate: 1632. Lettered with attribution of the design to Raphael at lower right: RV. in. Annotated in pencil at upper right. Not listed in Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876).

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 The etcher's name was originally located at lower left, and has been replaced by Carlo Losi's publishing details. An impression of this reprint without the publisher's address can be found at RCIN 851089.

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 a work copying The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

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

    Subject(s)
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • annotation: 11 [underlined] [front, upper right, in pencil]
  • 54.4 x 39.5 cm (sheet of paper)

    39.8 x 28.5 cm (image)

    44.1 x 28.7 cm (platemark)

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

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

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

    Ruland p.82 A.XLIII.5a(add)

  • Place of Production
    Rome [Lazio]