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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The Virgin and Child, and study of a landscape c.1853-76

Albumen print | 11.6 x 13.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851193

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1502-03) currently housed in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.152a). The drawing is related to the so-called 'Norton Simon Madonna', a painting by Raphael now in the Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena (inv. no.M.1972.2.P).

This drawing is part of a double sided sheet (bisected) for a picture of the Virgin and Child and according to Parker (see Bibliographic References), the two sheets "originally formed part of one and the same", but it is not possible to establish the relative position of the sketches to one another. A photograph of the drawing currently catalogued as the recto "b" (inv. no. WA1846.152b) can be found at RCIN 854522.

The photograph shows the half-length Virgin supporting the Christ Child with her right hand, who sits on a parapet and reaches for the book held by His mother, with view of landscape beyond; at top right, a sketch of a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

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

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 11.6 x 13.3 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
              • Virgin & Child-Reading a book
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.90 C.VIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.141, no.32r

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp.144-50, under no.11