Madonna with the Book (Connestabile Madonna) – (Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino)) Previous Next


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Style: Renaissance

Topic: Religious Virgin Mary Books Woman

Date: 1503

Museum: The Norton Simon Museum of Art (Pasadena, United States)

Technique: Oil

Madonna with the Book (Connestabile Madonna) is a small (and probably unfinished) painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was likely the last work painted by Raphael in Umbria before moving to Florence. Its name comes from the Conestabile family of Perugia, from whom it was acquired by Alexander II of Russia in 1871. The Tsar presented it to his consort, Maria Alexandrovna. Since then, the painting has been on exhibit in the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg. The painting portrays the Madonna holding the Child while reading a book. In 1881, when the picture was moved to canvas, it was discovered that in the original version the Madonna contemplated a pomegranate (symbol of the Passion) instead of the book.

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Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino)

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