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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Andrei Denier (1820-92)

The Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist [‘The Alba Madonna’] c.1860

Salted paper print | 28.5 cm (diameter) (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850852

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A photograph of the so-called Alba Madonna, a painting by Raphael (c.1509-11) now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (inv. no.1937.1.24). In Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876), the painting was described as being then in the Imperial Gallery of the Hermitage, St Petersburg.

Showing the Virgin seating on the ground and holding the Christ Child on her right leg, who reaches for the cross-staff held by the Infant Baptist who kneels down on the left.
  • Creator(s)

    Andrei Denier (1820-92) (photographer)

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

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 28.5 cm (diameter) (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1859-60)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • 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.68 A.XXV.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 82-88, no. 50