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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527)

The Virgin reading with the Child c.1500-1527

Engraving | 18.7 x 14.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851281

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A print reproducing the composition of a drawing by Raphael (c.1512-3) now in the Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House (inv. no.728). Laid down on a backing sheet. In his Raphael Collection catalogue (1876), Ruland attributed the print to an anonymous artist of the school of Marcantonio Raimondi. A photograph of the original drawing by Raphael can be found at RCIN 851282.

The photograph shows the full-length Virgin, seated on a chair, in profile to the right, holding a book and supporting the Young Christ who stands by her side and looks at the beholder; in an interior.
  • Creator(s)

    Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527) (engraver)

    Previously attributed to the school of Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534) (engraver)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 18.7 x 14.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    18.6 x 14.2 cm (sheet of paper)

  • 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
              • Virgin & Child-Reading a book
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.97 C.XLVII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.196, no.XXV.1 (entry by Stefania Massari)