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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

François de Poilly (1623-93)

The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist ['The Small Holy Family'] c.1643-1683

Engraving | 41.7 x 31.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851058

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A print reproducing the composition of the the so-called Small Holy Family, a painting now in the Musée du Louvre (inv. no.605) generally attributed to the workshop of Raphael (probably Giulio Romano) after a design by the master (c.1518-19). State without dedication, but with dedicatee's coat of arms. Lettered with attribution of the design to Raphael and name of the engraver. Differently from other known impressions, the Biblical quote lettered on this print reads: ‘….. Prov. 10’. This plate has been later retouched by Charles Simonneau (1645-1728) and published in Recueil Crozat, Paris 1729-40, pl.17. A photograph of the ‘Small Holy Family’ can be found at RCIN 851054.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin supporting the Christ Child who stands on His cradle and reaches for the Infant Baptist, who is kneeling on St Elizabeth’s thighs and leans over towards the Child; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    François de Poilly (1623-93) (engraver)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Jean Antoine de Mesmes (1598-1673) (dedicatee)

    Saint Elizabeth
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 41.7 x 31.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    35.9 x 29.2 cm (image)

    40.7 x 30.3 cm (platemark)

  • Deliciae meae esse cum filijs hominum. Prov. 10.

  • 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.80 A.XXXIX.5

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 258-262, no. A11