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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Friedrich Wagner (1803-76)

The Virgin and Sleeping Child with the Infant Baptist [‘Madonna del Velo’] c.1823-1866

Etching and engraving | 47.3 x 37.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850788

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An engraving after a painting catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being then in the possession of M.I.I. Wuyts, Antwerp.

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)

    Friedrich Wagner (1803-76) (engraver)

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

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

  • 47.3 x 37.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    34.6 x 28.3 cm (image)

    44.8 x 33.5 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.4

    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