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A cartoon for the tapestry of Christ's Charge to Peter for the Sistine Chapel. Christ is standing on the left, pointing behind himself to a flock of sheep and in front to the keys held by Peter, who is kneeling. The other disciples stand in a group at the

Discover Prince Albert’s passion for the work of Raphael

Anonymous, 19th century

The Virgin and Child ('The Colonna Madonna') c. 1848-58

Enamel on porcelain, giltwood | 74.2 x 58.3 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 404017

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Prince Albert gave this porcelain copy of Raphael’s famed Colonna Madonna to his wife as a present for Christmas 1858. According to Queen Victoria, during the illness that culminated in Albert’s untimely death at the age of 42, her husband took great consolation in looking at this reproduction of his favourite Raphael. The back of the plaque bears the inscription: 'The Prince consort’s favorite picture 1861.'