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The Holy Family with St Elizabeth and the infant Baptist, after Raphael; St Joseph leaning on a staff behind the Virgin and St Elizabeth
Pen and brown ink, heightened with white (oxidised), on light brown prepared paper
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Height: 235 millimetres
Width: 195 millimetres (oval)
- Curator's comments
- Copy after the Madonna Canigiani (K der K 47) differing in the position of the children and St Anne.
Meyer zur Capellen does not think that it relates to the evolution of the Canigiani Madonna, see J. Meyer zur Capellen, 'Raphael. The Paintings. Vol. I, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence, ca. 1500-1508', Landshut, 2001, under no. 30, p. 231-2, note 201.
Lit.: J.C. Robinson, 'Descriptive Catalogue of Drawings by the Old Masters, forming the Collection of John Malcolm of Poltalloch, Esq', London, 1876, no. 177 (as Raphael); P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, no. 40
Pouncey & Gere 1962
Described by Robinson as "the remains of one of the most important and beautiful drawings of Raffaelle's middle period", and accepted by Ruland. We can see no sign of Raphael's hand even in the least damaged parts (e.g. the head of S. Joseph), and agree with Fischel in describing 1895,0915.615 as a copy of a lost study for the 'Madonna Canigiani' (K der K 47), differing from the picture chiefly in the positions of the children and S. Anne. Gronau dates the 'Madonna Canigiani' c. 1507 while Fischel (1948) includes it in the bracket 1505-7.
Literature: F [iii] 133a (fig.139); JCR 177; Ruland, p. 63, no. 20.
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- Pouncey & Gere 1962
Collector's mark of comte Carrière (L 474, formerly thought to be the mark of P. Crozat, cf. L Suppl.). L.474 on 1895,0915.615 was misinterpreted as the R. Cosway mark in the Wellesley Sale catalogue and by Robinson and Fischel.
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