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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

John Bowles (active 18C)

The Virgin and Child c.1682-1725

Mezzotint | 30.8 x 23.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851135

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A print after a circular fresco currently part of the Royal Collection, attributed on plate to Raphael, but now generally ascribed to Annibale Carracci (RCIN 408640); reproduced in reverse. According to the lettering on the print, the painting was then in Kensington Palace in London, where it continues to be housed today. A photograph of a watercolour by Mary Severn reproducing the circular fresco can also be found at RCIN 851134. Lettered with production details.

Showing the half-length Virgin, with her shoulders turned three-quarter to the left, holding the Christ Child cheek-to-cheek while looking at the beholder.
  • Creator(s)

    John Bowles (active 18C) (mezzotinter)

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

    Edward Cooper (d. 1725) (publisher)

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 30.8 x 23.4 cm (sheet of paper)

    24.9 x 22.3 cm (image, oval)

    30.0 x 22.7 cm (platemark)

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

    Ruland p.85 B.XIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Tauriscus 1819 : Tauriscus, E, 1819. Catalogues des estampes gravees d'apres Rafael, Frankurt p.182, no.63

    JS : Shearman, J., 1972. The Early Italian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Cambridge pp.73-4, no.68