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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

Salted paper print | 18.9 x 24.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851206

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A photograph of a drawing formerly attributed to Raphael, catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being then in the collection of the 'Academy at Milan'. The drawing is currently untraced.

The drawing is almost identical to a sheet now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.1895-9-15-626), and closely resembles another sheet also in the British Museum (inv. no.Ff. I-38). A third similar drawing, without the Infant Baptist, is in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence (inv. no.498E). All of these drawings are presumed to be copies after a lost original study by Raphael.

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
  • 18.9 x 24.6 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.3

    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); pp.45-6, under no.58