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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Peter Lightfoot (1805-85)

The Virgin and Child [‘The Colonna Madonna’] 1849

Etching and engraving | 40.0 x 29.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850814

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An engraving after the so-called Colonna Madonna, a painting by Raphael (1507-08) now in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin (inv. no.248). Lettered with production details and the Printsellers' Association blind stamp in lower left margin.

Showing the Virgin holding a book in her left hand and supporting the Christ Child with her right arm, who sits on her lap and grasps her bodice while looking at the viewer; in a landscape.

According to Queen Victoria, the Colonna Madonna was Prince Albert's favourite painting by Raphael. He gave a porcelain copy of it to his wife as a present for Christmas 1858 (RCIN 404017); the back of plaque bears the inscription: “The Prince consort’s favorite picture 1861.”
  • Creator(s)

    Peter Lightfoot (1805-85) (engraver)

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

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 40.0 x 29.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    24.4 x 19.0 cm (image)

    36.3 x 27.8 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.66 A.XXI.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 264-266, no. 36