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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Bernard Picart (1673-1733)

The Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist published 1734

Etching | 27.9 x 22.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850709

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An etching reproducing, in reverse, a red chalk study by Raphael (c.1505) now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no.64.47, Rogers Fund, 1984). As lettered on the sheet, the drawing was at the time of this print in the Cabinet of Mr. Rogers and according to Ruland (1876) it then moved to the collection of Mr Birchall. Published in B. Picart, Impostures Innocentes, Amsterdam, 1734, plate 5.

The composition corresponds largely to Raphael’s so-called Madonna of the Meadow (1505-1506), a painting now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no.GG175), for which the drawing is in fact thought to be a preparatory study. See RCIN 850706 for a print reproducing the painting.

Showing the full length seated Virgin supporting the standing Christ Child who reaches for the cross-staff held by the Infant Baptist, who kneels down before Him.
  • Creator(s)

    Bernard Picart (1673-1733) (etcher)

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

  • 27.9 x 22.9 cm (sheet of paper)

    21.6 x 16.8 cm (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
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.59 A.X.4

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Jacoby/Sonnabend 2012: edited by J. Jacoby and M. Sonnabend, Frankfurt/Main 2012 pp.100-02, no.7

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 160, no. 113r

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 214-219, no. 26