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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Fr. Keller (active 19C)

The Virgin and Child c.1830-1860

Engraving on tinted paper | 22.3 x 17.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850945

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A reversed facsimile of a print which, according to Ruland (1876), was then housed in the Sammlung der Königlichen Kunst-Akademie in Düsseldorf and supposed to have been engraved by Raphael himself. Lettered with production details, crediting Raphael as the inventor of the composition at lower left (R.S.I). Lettered at lower right: ME. F. / Fr. Keller. With publisher’s blind stamp at lower centre (L. 4001).

The composition appears to be identical (although in reverse) to that reproduced in an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi described as after a drawing by Raphael related to his paintings of the Madonna di Foligno and Madonna Sistina. An impression of Marcantonio's engraving can be found at RCIN 850942.

Showing the Virgin sitting on clouds, supporting the standing Child who looks down, with angels amongst the clouds.
  • Creator(s)

    Fr. Keller (active 19C) (engraver)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    After Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534) (artist)

    Dusseldorf : Julius Buddeus (active 1830-52) (publisher)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 22.3 x 17.4 cm (sheet of paper)

    17.2 x 12.8 cm (image)

    21.0 x 15.8 cm (platemark)

  • 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
      • Earth sciences
        • Meteorology
          • Clouds
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Cherubs
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.73 A.XXXI.15