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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Francesco Ravano (active mid-19th century)

The Virgin and Sleeping Child with the Infant Baptist [‘Madonna del Velo’] 1845

Engraving | 26.4 x 23.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850791

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An engraving after a cartoon formerly attributed to Raphael, once housed in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. no.1774 E) but now lost. Lettered with the title and production details.

The cartoon resembles a composition traditionally known as the Madonna del Velo, known in many copies, the original version of which is thought to have been painted by Raphael’s workshop after a design by the master dating c.1510-12 (currently untraced; 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.
  • Creator(s)

    Francesco Ravano (active mid-19th century) (engraver)

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

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    A Tricca (active mid-19th century) (designer)

  • 26.4 x 23.4 cm (sheet of paper)

    17.8 x 16.3 cm (image)

    24.0 x 21.0 cm (platemark)

  • LA MADONNA DEL VELO

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    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.7

    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

    Inventario Uffizi. Disegni Esposti II 1987 : Disegni esposti, vol. 2, 1987 / a cura di Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, Florence (Gabinetto disegni e stampe degli Uffizi) pp. 728-729, no. 1774E