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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The Virgin and Child [‘The Northbrook Madonna’] c.1853-76

Albumen print | 28.6 x 20.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851123

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A photograph of the so-called Northbrook Madonna, a painting formerly in the Collection of Lord Northbrook and now in the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester (inv. no.1940.39). The painting has been previously attributed to Raphael, an opinion no longer shared by modern scholars. However, it has been recently suggested that the invention of the composition may be by Raphael (Joannides 1983, under no.108r).

Showing the seated Virgin supporting the unclothed Christ Child with her right arm, who stands on her knee clutching one of Her mother's fingers while looking down to the left; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 28.6 x 20.2 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.84 B.V.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.159, under no.108r

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp.309-10, no.X-10