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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

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

The Virgin and Sleeping Child with the Infant Baptist c.1853-76

Albumen print | 16.6 x 21.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850792

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A photograph of a tracing of a supposed study by Raphael for a composition traditionally known as the Madonna del Velo.

The numerous existing versions of this composition are thought to be based on a painting executed by Raphael’s workshop after a design by the master dating 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. On the right, another figure of the kneeling Infant Baptist.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 16.6 x 21.9 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for 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.8

    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