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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

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

The Virgin and Child c.1853-76

Salted paper print | 14.5 x 10.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851263

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A photograph of a drawing the attribution of which is still disputed. It was formerly attributed to Raphael and listed by Ruland (1876) as being then in the collection of Mr E. Harzen, Hamburg. The drawing is now in the Kunsthalle, Hambourg (inv. no.21417). An almost identical drawing is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.6794); a third similar drawing was listed by Ruland as being then in the Uffizi, Florence (see RCIN 851264). The composition resembles closely the group of the Virgin and Child in the Glory of St Vitalis, painted by Vittore Carpaccio (1514) and currently in the church of St Vitalis, Venice. It has been suggested that these drawings may be copies after a lost study by Raphael subsequently used by Carpaccio for his painting (Cordellier/Py 1992, no.29).

The photograph shows the half-length Virgin grasping the Child's right leg, who sits on a cushion and reaches for the object held in His mother's right hand.
  • Creator(s)

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

    After a work by a follower of Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 14.5 x 10.9 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • 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.96 C.XLIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte) pp.37-8, under no.29