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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work previously attributed to Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546)

The Virgin and Child c.1853-76

Albumen print | 17.7 x 12.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851264

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A photograph of a drawing once ascribed to Giulio Romano listed by Ruland (1876) as being then in the Uffizi, Florence.

Two very similar drawings are in the Kunsthalle, Hambourg (inv. no.21417; see RCIN 851263) and in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.6794). The composition resembles closely the group of the Virgin and Child in the Glory of St Vitalis, painted by Vittore Carpaccio (1514) and currently housed in the church of St Vitalis, Venice. It has been suggested that these drawings may be copies after a lost drawing by Raphael subsequently used by Carpaccio for his painting (Cordellier/Py 1992, no.29). The Uffizi drawing seems not to have been discussed hitherto in the literature.

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 Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 17.7 x 12.6 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.2

    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