Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
About the work
This is a copy after an altarpiece by Raphael, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, which was originally painted for the Convent of S. Antonio in Perugia, Italy. Raphael’s work is also known as the ‘Colonna Altarpiece’ was made in 1504-1505 and was inspired by the work of Perugino and Luca Signorelli, both based in Perugia. For the execution of the altarpiece, Raphael employed Domenico Alfani as his assistant who was responsible for the elements of the altarpiece of the 'Entombment'. Raphael’s original hung in a part of the church reserved for the nuns, who may have insisted on its conservative details, such as the elaborately clothed Christ Child. The nuns sold the altarpiece in 1678, and it was subsequently owned by Queen Christina of Sweden, the Duc d'Orléans, and the Colonna family in Rome. In 1901, J. Pierpont Morgan acquired the altarpiece, which was still in a private collection, paying the sum of two million francs. Morgan's son bequeathed the painting to the Metropolitan Museum in 1916.
The painting in the Government Art Collection is a copy after the central panel which shows the Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist, St Peter and Paul and Sts Catherine of Alexandria and Lucy. It entered the collection in 1963.
About the artist
- Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints
- Oil on canvas
- height: 172.50 cm, width: 162.50 cm
- Presented by Dora Polkinghorne, March 1963
- Collection of Miss Dora Annie Polkinghorne (1889-1991); presented to the British Consulate in Florence in 1963
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