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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Auguste Gaspard Louis Boucher Desnoyers (1779-1857)

The Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist [‘The Alba Madonna’] dated 1823-7

Etching and engraving | 58.9 x 47.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850855

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An engraving after the Alba Madonna by Raphael (c.1509-11) now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (inv. no.1937.1.24). Lettered with the title and production details. According to the legend below the image, the painting was once in the possession of the Duke of Alba in Madrid, and was in the collection of W.G. Coesvelt in London when this print was made. In Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876), the painting was described as being then 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)

    Auguste Gaspard Louis Boucher Desnoyers (1779-1857) (engraver)

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

    Auguste Gaspard Louis Boucher Desnoyers (1779-1857) (designer)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 58.9 x 47.2 cm (sheet of paper)

    44.8 x 36.0 cm (image)

    53.1 x 41.6 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
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.68 A.XXV.2

    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