Madonna della sedia (after Raphael)
after Raphael (Urbino 1483 – Rome 1520)
The original Madonna della Sedia by Raphael is a circular painting, or tondo, painted in Rome around 1513/14. It has universal appeal and is one of the most copied works of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The National Trust have at least 15 copies, in various media, in their care, alone. Raphael’s picture, once in the Uffizi, seized during the Napoleonic Wars and in Paris between 1799-1815, is now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. As legend has it, it was painted on the bottom of a barrel and has gained its title because the Virgin sits in a chair. She is shown as a contemporary Italian woman, wearing a gypsy scarf and green embroidered shawl over her blue dress, tenderly embracing the Christ child, dressed in yellow, and looking directly at us whilst John the Baptist stands behind.
Oil painting on canvas, Madonna della sedia (after Raphael), after Raphael (Urbino 1483 – Rome 1520), 19th century. An upright oval copy of the original painting by Raphael of the Madonna della sedia in the Palazzo Pitti with carved end of a seat in foreground.
Part of Pamela Ward Collection, bequeathed to National Trust in 1994
Llanerchaeron, The Pamela Ward Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
110 440 The two 40 croft. (label on back)
Makers and roles
after Raphael (Urbino 1483 – Rome 1520), artist