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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work copying Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546)

The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Young John the Baptist c.1853-76

Salted paper print | 23.3 x 21.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851023

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A photograph of a cartoon now in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. no.1776 E), thought to be a copy after the Madonna della Gatta, a painting by Giulio Romano now in the Museo e Gallerie Nazionali di Capodimonte, Naples (inv. no.140).

The composition of the Madonna della Gatta is based on the so-called ‘La Perla, a painting now in the Museo del Prado, Madrid (inv. no.301) generally ascribed to Giulio Romano (c.1818-19), possibly after a design by Raphael.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin supporting the Christ Child with her right arm and putting her left on the back of St Anne, who is crouched on the right beside her, with the young John the Baptist approaching the group on the left and St Joseph standing in the background.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

    Saint Anne
    Saint Joseph
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 23.3 x 21.2 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
              • Virgin & Child with Saints
                • Virgin & Child with Saints-Holy Family
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Beds
            • Cradles
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Cats (domestic)
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.78 A.XXXVII.23

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Inventario Uffizi. Disegni Esposti II 1987 : Disegni esposti, vol. 2, 1987 / a cura di Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, Florence (Gabinetto disegni e stampe degli Uffizi) no. 1776E

    Henry/Joannides 2012 : Late Raphael, 2012. Edited by T. Henry and P. Joannides pp.76-85

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