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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527)

The Virgin and Child with Holy Figures ['The Madonna del Pesce'] c.1515-1525

Engraving | 25.8 x 21.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850955

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An engraving reproducing the composition of the so-called Madonna del Pesce, a painting by Raphael and his workshop (c.1513-14) now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (see RCIN 850952).

A drawing attributed to Raphael now in the Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh (inv. no.D5342) closely resembles the engraving, for which it is thought to have served as model. For a photograph of the drawing, see RCIN 850957. For a later reworked state, see RCIN 850956.

Showing the enthroned Virgin holding the Christ Child with both hands, with the Archangel Raphael presenting the young Tobias who kneels down while holding a fish on the left, and St Jerome with an open book and his lion on the right.
  • Creator(s)

    Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527) (engraver)

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

    Subject(s)
    Saint Jerome (c. 347-420)
    Archangel Raphael
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 25.8 x 21.4 cm (sheet of paper)

  • 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.74 A.XXXII.9

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael. The Pursuit of Perfection 1994 : Raphael. The Pursuit of Perfection, National Galleries of Scotland, 1994 p.80, no.32 (entry by A. Weston-Lewis)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 117123, no. 54