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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Pietro Fontana (1762-1837)

The Holy Family with the Infant Baptist [‘The Madonna del Passeggio’] c.1782-1827

Etching and engraving | 50.3 x 35.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851088

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A print reproducing the composition of the so-called Madonna del Passeggio, a painting generally attributed to the workshop of Raphael (c.1518-20) currently on loan to National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (inv. no. NGL 064.46) from the Duke of Sutherland Collection. Lettered with production details and title.

According to Ruland (1876), the print is based on a copy of the original painting which he catalogued as being then in Museo Nazionale in Naples (most likely now in the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples, inv. no.148).

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 in the left middle-ground; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    Pietro Fontana (1762-1837) (engraver)

    After a work copying The Workshop of Raphael (artist)

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

    Subject(s)
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 50.3 x 35.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    40.9 x 30.0 cm (image)

    48.0 x 32.9 cm (platemark)

  • SAGRA FAMIGLIA

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

    Ruland p.82 A.XLIII.4

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael. The Pursuit of Perfection 1994 : Raphael. The Pursuit of Perfection, National Galleries of Scotland, 1994 p.91, no.42 (entry by A. Weston-Lewis)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 227-230, no. A2

  • Place of Production
    Rome [Lazio]