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The seated Virgin embracing the Infant Christ
Red chalk, heightened with white (oxidised), on buff-grey paper
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Height: 146 millimetres
Width: 112 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The drawing may be an early stage of the Madonna della Rosa.
See Popham, 'Catalogue of the Drawings of Parmigianino', Cambridge, 1971, No.223.
The motif of the Infant Christ reaching up derives from Raphael's 'Madonna di Loreto', though it is here used in a different way. The Virgin's arm hanging limply in front of her occurs in Parmigianino's 'Madonna della Rosa' at Dresden (Freedberg, pl. 73) as well as in a drawing at Windsor (0346; Popham, no. 581 and pl. 124) which is probably a study for the Naples 'Holy Family with the Infant St. John' (Freedberg, pl. 113). The style of the present drawing suggests that it belongs to the Roman or Bolognese period, and it may well represent an early stage of the 'Madonna della Rosa', a work datable 1528-30.
Literature: Quintavalle, p. 197; Popham, Windsor, under no. 569; Emilian Drawings, no. 34; Popham, Parmigianino, pl. xxxvi.
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- Acquisition notes
- Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel (etching by van der Borcht).
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