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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

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

Albumen print | 41.7 x 31.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850692

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A photograph of Raphael's so-called Small Cowper Madonna (c.1505-06), that Ruland (1876) catalogues as being then in the collection of the Earl Cowper, Penshanger and now in the National Gallery, Washington DC (inv. no.1942.9.57). Lettered with title and production details.

Showing the seated figure of the Virgin supporting with her left hand the Christ Child who is standing on her lap throwing his arms round her neck.
  • Creator(s)

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

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

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

    Agnew, Thomas & Sons : Manchester (publisher)

  • 41.7 x 31.9 cm (sheet of paper)

    23.2 x 17.3 cm (image)

    33.2 x 28.3 cm (platemark)


  • Probably acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76) or shortly after

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.58 A.VIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 203-206, no. 23