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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Jean Alix (b. 1615)

The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist c.1635-1655

Engraving with etching | 25.5 x 21.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851096

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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. Lettered with image at lower left: R.V.B.

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)

    Jean Alix (b. 1615) (engraver)

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

    Saint Elizabeth
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 25.5 x 21.2 cm (sheet of paper)

    24.8 x 20.8 cm (image)

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

    Ruland p.82 A.XLV.2