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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Heironymous Hopfer (active c. 1528-1550)

The Virgin suckling the Christ Child c.1528-1550

Etching | 13.5 x 8.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851245

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This print is a repetition of an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi dated c.1515 thought to have been based upon a lost design by Raphael dating from c.1507-08; in reverse, lacking the figure of St Joseph and with a slightly altered background. Signed with monogram at upper right (see Nagler, III, nos.2502, 2503). An impression of Marcantonio's engraving can be found at RCIN 851242.

The print shows the three-quarter length seated Virgin suckling the Christ Child whom she holds on her lap; in an interior with a curtain draped behind them and a window on the right.
  • Creator(s)

    Heironymous Hopfer (active c. 1528-1550) (etcher)

    After Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534) (engraver)

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

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 13.5 x 8.4 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
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Curtains
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.94 C.XXXIV.4

    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.190, under no.XV.3 (entry by Stefania Massari)