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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

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

Albumen print | 19.2 x 25.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851205

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A photograph of a drawing now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.1895-9-15-626) thought to be a copy after a lost study by Raphael.

The composition is known through other existing copies, including another in the British Museum (inv. no.Ff. I-38), one in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence (inv. no.498E) and a third one catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being then in the collection of the Academy in Milan, but currently untraced (see RCIN 851206).

The photograph shows the full-length Virgin, seated almost in profile to left, holding the naked Christ Child on her lap, with the Infant Baptist standing at left.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 19.2 x 25.5 cm (sheet of paper)

  • 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.91 C.XIV.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Catalogue of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. v. P. Pouncey and J.A.Gere, Raphael and His Circle (1962); vol.1; pp.45-6, no.58