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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Elisha Kirkall (?1682-1742)

The Virgin and Child with St Anne and the young John the Baptist c.1720s

Mezzotint and etching printed in brown ink, over an ochre woodcut tone block | 45.0 x 33.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851009

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A print which, according to the legend below the image, is based on a drawing attributed to G.F. Penni then in the collection of Dr Richard Mead. The composition corresponds with the so-called La Perla, a painting now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (inv. no.301) generally attributed to Giulio Romano (c.1518-19), possibly after a design by Raphael; with an entirely different background and lacking the figure of St Joseph. A photograph of La Perla can be found at RCIN 851004.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin supporting the Christ Child and resting her left hand on the shoulder of St Anne, with the young John the Baptist approaching the group on the left offering fruit.
  • Creator(s)

    Elisha Kirkall (?1682-1742) (artist)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

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

    Saint Anne
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 45.0 x 33.0 cm (sheet of paper)

    44.4 x 32.6 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Beds
            • Cradles
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.78 A.XXXVII.9

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 183-189, no. 64