About this artwork

This drawing shows a very different facet of Raphael's genius as a draughtsman to the red chalk A Kneeling Nude Woman with her Left Arm Raised - the only other drawing by Raphael in Scotland. It represents the Virgin and Child enthroned with the young Tobias and the Archangel Raphael on their right and Saint Jerome on their left. It is a preparatory study for a picture known as the Madonna del Pesce or Madonna of the Fish, now in the Prado Museum in Madrid, painted in Rome around 1514 as an altarpiece for San Domenico in Naples.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Study for the Painting 'Madonna del Pesce'
  • date created:
    About 1512 -14
  • materials:
    Brush and brown wash heightened with white over black chalk on paper
  • measurements:
    25.80 x 21.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased by Private Treaty with the aid of the Art Fund (including a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), the National Heritage Memorial Fund, and funds from the estate of Keith and Rene Andrews, 1993
  • accession number:
    D 5342
  • gallery:
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Raphael (Raffaello Santi)

Raphael (Raffaello Santi)