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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

The Virgin and Child [‘The Large Cowper Madonna’] published 1857

Albumen print | 34.9 x 30.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850811

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A photograph of Raphael's so-called Large Cowper Madonna by Raphael (1508) when in the collection of the Earl Cowper, Penshanger. The painting is now in the National Gallery, Washington DC (inv. no.25). Plate no.15 from an unidentified set.

Showing the seated Virgin holding the Child Christ on her lap, who grasps His mother’s bodice while looking at the viewer.
  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

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

    Colnaghi & Co. : 13/14, Pall Mall East. (publisher)

    T Agnew & Sons : Manchester (publisher)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 34.9 x 30.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    18.0 x 12.4 cm (image)

    33.7 x 29.0 cm (platemark)

  • 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.66 A.XX.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 272-276, no. 39