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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Paul Pretsch (1808-73)

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

Photo-electrotype | 37.0 x 30.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851100

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A photo-electrotype of a drawing by Raphael (c.1507) now in the Royal Library, Windsor (RCIN 912738).

The drawing connects with a sheet attributed to Raphael currently in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3949). The two drawings show similarity in composition with The Canigiani Holy Family, a painting by Raphael now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich (inv. no.WA 476). It has been suggested that the two drawings may be either preparatory studies for a – lost or never executed - composition, or independent developments from The Canigiani Holy Family. A photograph of the Canigiani Holy Family can be found at RCIN 850756.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin supporting the standing Christ Child who leans backwards, with the crouched St Elizabeth supporting the Infant Christ on the left; in a landscape
  • Creator(s)

    Paul Pretsch (1808-73) (author)

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

    Saint Elizabeth
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 37.0 x 30.5 cm (sheet of paper)

    23.0 x 17.7 cm (image)

    28.6 x 22.6 cm (platemark)

  • 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
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.82 A.XLV.5

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London no. 0790