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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Elias Martin (1739-1818)

The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist c.1759-1808

Stipple | 38.6 x 28.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851097

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A print reproducing a composition generally attributed to Raphael, for a very similar drawing of this subject attributed to the master survives in the Louvre (inv. no.3949); reproduced in reverse, in an oval. Lettered with production details.

It has been suggested that an original painting by Raphael with this composition was intended, but it may have never been executed or might have got lost.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin holding the Christ Child on her lap with both arms, with the crouched St Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist presenting the Child with a bird on the right; in a landscape with a pyramid in the background.
  • Creator(s)

    Elias Martin (1739-1818) (engraver)

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

    Subject(s)
    Saint Elizabeth
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 38.6 x 28.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    30.3 x 23.5 cm (image, oval)

    37.6 x 27.1 cm (platemark)

  • 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
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.82 A.XLV.3