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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Attributed to Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534)

The Virgin and Child retouched c.1582

Engraving | 24.7 x 18.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850937

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An engraving reputed to be a retouched late state of a plate attributed to Marcantonio Raimondi (Bartsch XIV, p.60, no.53), described as a repetition with slight alterations of an engraving also by Raimondi (RCIN 850934) probably after a drawing by Raphael related to his so-called Madonna di Foligno (c.1512) now in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican City (inv. no.329). Lettered in the lower right corner: R. a. Annotated in pencil in the lower left corner.

The plate was later retouched by Agostino Carracci who – according to Bartsch - added a head of a cherub at either side. However, this state - from which the name of Raphael (usually placed at lower centre in second state impressions) has been scratched off - is not described in Bartsch.

Showing the Virgin sitting on clouds, holding the Child under His armpits, who looks down while grasping her mantle with both hands.
  • Creator(s)

    Attributed to Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534) (engraver)

    Agostino Carracci (Bologna 1557-Parma 1602) (engraver) [Later retouched by Agostino Carracci in c.1582]

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

    Previously attributed to Anonymous Italian, 16th century (engraver)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • annotation: Augustin Carracci inc. [front, within image, lower left corner, in pencil]
  • 24.7 x 18.0 cm (sheet of paper)

  • 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
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Cherubs
      • Earth sciences
        • Meteorology
          • Clouds
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.73 A.XXXI.8

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.195, no.XXIV.4 (entry by Stefania Massari)