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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Martin Frey (1769-1831)

The Virgin and Sleeping Child with the Infant Baptist [‘Madonna del Velo’] c.1789-1821

Etching and engraving | 50.1 x 38.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850787

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An engraving after a painting when in the possession of the Prince d’Esterhazy, Pottendorf now in the Sźepmüvészeti Múzeum, Budapest (inv. no.160).

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)

    Martin Frey (1769-1831) (engraver)

    After a work by the school of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

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

  • 50.1 x 38.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    31.7 x 31.5 cm (image)

    42.2 x 35.7 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
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Headgear
            • Veils
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.64 A.XVIII.3

    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