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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Adolphe Braun (1812-77)

The Virgin and Child [detail from the 'Sistine Madonna'] 1860-1877

Carbon print | 76.9 x 61.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851063

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A photograph of the Virgin holding the Christ Child in her arms; a detail from the so-called Sistine Madonna, a painting by Raphael now in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden (inv. no.93). Not listed in Ruland's catalogue of the Raphael Collection (1876). A photograph by Braun showing the entire painting can be found at RCIN 851062.

Showing the full-length Virgin standing on clouds and holding the Christ Child in her arms, flanked by St Pope Sixtus on the left and St Barbara on the right, with two upward-looking winged cherubs at lower centre; the composition is framed by open curtains.
  • Creator(s)

    Adolphe Braun (1812-77) (photographer)

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

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 76.9 x 61.3 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    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.80 A.XL.1b(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 107-116, no. 53