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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Agostino Capelli (active 19C)

The Virgin and Child with Saints and Angels ['The Sistine Madonna'] c.1800-1876

Engraving with etching | 81.4 x 60.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851068

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A print after the so-called Sistine Madonna, a painting by Raphael now in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden (inv. no.93). Lettered state, with production details, title, dedication and dedicatee's arms. Not listed in Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876). A photograph of the Sistine Madonna can be found at RCIN 851062.

Showing the full-length Virgin standing on clouds and holding the Christ Child in her arms, flanked by St Pope Sixtus on the left and St Barbara on the right, with two upward-looking winged cherubs at lower centre; the composition is framed by open curtains.
  • Creator(s)

    Agostino Capelli (active 19C) (engraver) [Begun by]

    Giovanni Berselli (active 19C) (engraver) [Completed by]

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

    Frassinetti (printer)

    Vittorio Emanuele II, King of Italy, King of Sardinia (1820-78) (dedicatee)

    Giovanni Berselli (active 19C) (dedicator)

    Pope Sixtus II (d. 258)
    Saint Barbara
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 81.4 x 60.4 cm (sheet of paper)

    65.1 x 49.5 cm (image)

    76.4 x 55.3 cm (platemark)


  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Saints (Christianity)
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Cherubs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Curtains
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Jewellery
          • Tiaras
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.80 A.XL.4b(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 107-116, no. 53