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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Antonio Capellan (c. 1740-93)

The Preaching of St John the Baptist [‘The Ansidei Altarpiece’, predella panel] c.1764-1783

Engraving with etching | 34.5 x 56.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850690

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A reversed engraving after a painting by Raphael which at the time of the print was in the collection of Lord Robert Spencer, London, to whom the plate is dedicated. Lettered with production details. According to Ruland (1876), the painting was later in the possession of the Marquis of Lansdowne, Bowood and is now in the National Gallery, London (inv. no.NG 6480). See RCIN 850689 for a photograph of the predella panel.

The painting is the only surviving scene of the predella of Raphael’s Ansidei Altarpiece (1505), the central panel of which is also in the National Gallery, London (see RCIN 850685 for a photograph of the painting).

Showing St John the Baptist on the far right, preaching to a multitude of male listeners arranged in several groups.
  • Creator(s)

    Antonio Capellan (c. 1740-93) (engraver)

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

    Lord Robert Spencer (1747-1831) (dedicatee)

  • 34.5 x 56.8 cm (sheet of paper)

    25.9 x 51.0 cm (image)

    30.2 x 52.8 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.58 A.VII.5

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 165-170, no. 16