Lot 156
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Circle of Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael

20,000 - 30,000 USD
65,500 USD
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  • Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael
  • The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist ('The Madonna della Tenda')
  • oil on panel, unframed
  • 12 x 12 1/2 inches

Catalogue Note

This painting follows the design of Raphael's 'Madonna della Tenda' (or 'Madonna of the Curtain'); a work of 1514 in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich (see J. Meyer zur Capellen, Raphael: A Critical Catalogue of His Paintings: The Roman Religious Paintings. Ca. 1508-1520, Münster, 2005, vol. II, p. 135, cat. no. 56). The composition is also reminiscent of Raphael's 'Madonna della Sedia', dating from around the same time, in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. The present painting would appear to date from the 16th century and without any further elements relating to its provenance it cannot be firmly identified with any of the copies listed by Meyer zur Capellen (op. cit., under cat. no. 56).

An interesting component of this work is the under drawing revealed through infrared reflectography (fig.1). This preliminary drawing shows evidence of tracing, and even possible pouncing, which has been gone over with graphite and a brush. Either of these techniques suggest that the author of this work had direct contact with either Raphael's painting, or even possibly to his original cartoon. Such access to an early conception of Raphael's original would naturally indicate that this picture was executed by an artist in Raphael's immediate circle.