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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Giuseppe Longhi (1766-1831)

The Virgin and Sleeping Child with the Infant Baptist [‘Madonna del Velo’] c.1800-1830

Etching and engraving | 52.9 x 40.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850785

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An engraving after a painting catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being then in the collection of Sig. Brocca, Milan. With the blind stamp of Giuseppe Longhi in lower right corner (not in Lugt).

The painting is one of a number reproducing a composition traditionally known as the Madonna del Velo, the original version of which (currently untraced) is thought to have been painted by Raphael’s workshop after a design by the master dating c.1510-12 (see Bibliographic References).

Showing the Christ Child sleeping on the left; the Virgin looks at Him while lifting the veil over His head with her right hand and supporting the Infant Baptist with her left, who points at the Child; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    Giuseppe Longhi (1766-1831) (engraver)

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

    Paolo Toschi (1788-1854) (engraver)

    Tommaso Raggio (active 19th century) (designer)

  • 52.9 x 40.8 cm (sheet of paper)

    38.2 x 30.2 cm (image)

    47.4 x 35.7 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Headgear
            • Veils
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.64 A.XVIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 278-279, no. A17