Sketch for an enthroned Virgin and Child with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Raphael
Raphael
Sketch for an enthroned Virgin and Child with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
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Raffael: Madonna mit dem Kind und den Heiligen Johannes der Täufer und Nikolaus von Bari (Madonna Ansidei), 1505, Mischtechnik auf Pappelholz, 216,8 x 147,6 cm. Inv. Nr. NG 1171, National Gallery, London

Raphael

Sketch for an enthroned Virgin and Child with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, ca. 1502 – 1504


Blatt
233 x 154 mm
Physical Description
Brown ink over black pen and leadpoint (the vertical and horizontal middle axis as well as some lines of the throne drawn with a ruler, the arch at the top drawn with the compass), on ribbed laid paper, distance of chain lines (horizontal) |-|34|32|38|39|35|
Inventory Number
376
Object Number
376 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Among the great treasures of the Collection of Prints and Drawings at the Städel Museum are a group of drawings by Raphael, of which this pen-and-ink drawing is one. Raphael created it at the age of about twenty 20, when he was busy with the first altar paintings for clients from his home region of Umbria. Here, the Madonna sits enthroned and presents the Infant Jesus, who is blessing the viewer. Before the throne stands the youthful Nicholas of Tolentino, a saintly monk who lived in central Italy during the thirteenth century. He is identified as such by the star on his breast, which, according to legend, accompanied him.

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Title
Sketch for an enthroned Virgin and Child with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
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Object Type
Physical Description
Brown ink over black pen and leadpoint (the vertical and horizontal middle axis as well as some lines of the throne drawn with a ruler, the arch at the top drawn with the compass), on ribbed laid paper, distance of chain lines (horizontal) |-|34|32|38|39|35|
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Unten mittig Stempel der Sammlung Prosper Henry Lankrink, London (Lugt 2090); unten links Trockenstempel der Sammlung Thomas Lawrence, London (Lugt 2445); verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Joannides 1983.142.37
  • Knab/Mitsch/Oberhuber 1983.26

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Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann

Work Content

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  • 11F42 Madonna: Mary sitting or enthroned, the Christ-child in her lap (or in front of her bosom) (Mary sometimes represented half-length)
  • 11H(NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO)0 the Augustine hermit, Nicholas of Tolentino; possible attributes: book, crucifix, (entwined with lilies), lily, (basket with) loaves, two doves (on a dish or flying away), star (on his breast) - male saint represented in a group

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24.11.2020