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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

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

Albumen print | 18.3 x 13.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851272

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1607-08) currently in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no.WA1846.162). A number of copies of the drawing survive, including one formerly in the collection of C.R. Rudolf and one in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no.204).

The verso of the drawing is now mutilated but was also much copied. Complete copies of the verso are in the British Museum, London (inv. nos.1895-9-15-623, 1900-8-24-115), Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 912741) and Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3857).

The photograph shows the full-length Virgin, seated, bending over to the right and holding the Christ Child with both hands. The Child turns His head to the Infant Baptist who sits on the ground at right and holds a reed cross. A standing figure in the right background. The figures are set against an architectural background.
  • Creator(s)

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

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 18.3 x 13.8 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.96 C.XLIV.6

    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), p.36, under no.42

    Gere/Turner 1983 : J.A. Gere and Nicholas Turner, 1983. Drawings by Raphael from the Royal Library, the Ashmolean, the British Museum, Chatsworth and other English collections, London p.70, no.52

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.175, no.173r

    Raphael in der Albertina 1983 : aus Anlass des 500. Geburtstages des Künstlers, Vienna 1983 p.148, under no.50