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Studio of Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520) , The Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist

Core Record

Title The Virgin and Child with the Infant Baptist
Alternative Title Tondo: Virgin and Child
Collection Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
Artist Studio of Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520)
After Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520)
Previously attributed to studio of Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520)
Previously attributed to Italian (Northern Italian) School
Previously attributed to Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520)
Date Earliest probably about 1600
Date Latest probably about 1800
Description A variant of the Madonna della Rosa (Prado, Madrid). The Virgin and Child appear with the infant John the Baptist. The infant Christ and Baptist tug at the Baptist's banderol. In the background to the left is a bed.
Current Accession Number TRURI:1935.88.1
Subject religion (Madonna; John the Baptist; Christ)
Measurements 82 x 83 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mr J. Osborne 1935.
Publications Probably the work cited under ‘Italian School (North) 17th century', in C. Wright, Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Paintings Executed Before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 104, as Tondo: Virgin and Child.
Notes

Remains of red wax seals, mostly indecipherable apart from a letter ‘A' on one.

The dating of the work to the sventeenth or eighteenth centuries is on the advice of Nicholas Penny, National Gallery of Art, Washington, who suggested the work may have been cut down from a rectangular panel. The composition is based on the Prado Madonna della Rosa, by Raphael or workshop, although the Prado original also includes St Joseph and the detail of the eponymous rose (a later addition). See L. Dussler, Raphael: A Critical Catalogue of his Pictures, Wall-Paintings and Tapestries, London and New York, 1971, p. 49. Dussler states that the Prado composition was not autograph Raphael, but was produced in his workshop after his drawing.

Mr Osborne also bequeathed another work after Raphael, 1935.88.2.

Rights Owner Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
Author Dr Susan Steer
 

 

 

 

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