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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Nicholas de Larmessin III (1684-1755)

The Procession to Calvary [‘The Colonna Altarpiece’, predella centrepiece] c.1729

Engraving with etching | 25.6 x 65.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850677

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A reversed engraving after a painting which at the time of the print was in the collection of the Duc d’Orléans and that Ruland (1876) catalogued as being then in the possession of Sir W. Miles of Leigh Court, near Bristol. This painting is now in the National Gallery, London (inv. no.NG 2919). Lettered with title and production details. Published in Recueil de Crozat, 1729, I, 26.

The painting is one of the three panels forming the predella of the so-called Colonna Altarpiece painted by Raphael (c.1504-05) for the Nunnery of Sant’Antonio da Padua, Perugia. The central panel of the altarpiece is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no.32.130.1; see RCIN 850667 for a photograph of the painting).

Showing Christ bearing his cross encircled by soldiers and helped by Simon of Cyrene; on the right are St John and the swooning Virgin being supported by the three Maries; on the left two horsemen.
  • Creator(s)

    Nicholas de Larmessin III (1684-1755) (engraver)

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

    St John
  • 25.6 x 65.0 cm (sheet of paper)

    20.7 x 64.0 cm (image)


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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Passion of Christ
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.57 A.VI.12

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 172-185, no. 17