Madonna of the Chair, after Raphael – Circa 1860


Nineteenth century oil on canvas replica of Madonna della Seggiola (Sedia), after Italian Renaissance master Raphael (1483-1520). Considered to be one of the painter’s most intimate works, the original of this masterpiece was painted in 1514 and is presently located in the Palazzo Pitti collection, in Florence, Italy. In Raphael’s image, the Madonna engages the viewer directly as she sits closely confined within the circular tondo format affectionately and protectively cuddling her young son, the infant Christ Child. On the right slightly behind the Madonna and Child, the painter depicts the figure of Christ’s young cousin, the boy St. John the Baptist. 

This unsigned work denotes the anonymous artist’s excellent skills in execution. The painting, presenting signs of past restoration, will require a deep cleaning and repair of a number of minor tears. The original Napoleon III period frame is in good general condition but has a few visible flaws which will require attention.

Also noteworthy of mention, there is a canvas maker’s stamp on the back belonging to Maison Vallé Bellavoines Sucessions, which was in business in Paris between 1847 and 1870.


Artist: Anonymous (unsigned).

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Condition: Requires cleaning and restoration.

Dimensions: 75 x 75 cm. / 29.5 x 29.5 in.

Frame: 97 x 97 cm. / 38 x 38 in. Gilt wood, Napoleon III period. Some flaws. Circular insert frame. 9.5 kg. / 24,3 lb.

Provenance: Private collection, Rennes, France.