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Attributed to manner of Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520) , The Madonna of the Lilies

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Title The Madonna of the Lilies
Collection Long Eaton Town Hall
Artist Attributed to manner of Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520)
Date Earliest possibly 1790
Date Latest possibly 1850

This canvas depicts the Holy Family with the young John the Baptist and Saint Cecilia. The infant sits on his mother's lap holding lilies in his left hand, a traditional symbol of the Virgin's purity. Here the lilies are also the attribute of Saint Cecilia, who dedicated herself to Christ; the ring he offers her alludes to a mystic marriage, a scene usually associated with Saint Catherine.

Neither the date nor the artist are known; this painting appears to be a pastiche of several works by Raphael and other sixteenth-century artists and it was probably produced in the early nineteenth century.

Current Accession Number ILKEM: Howitt Bequest 26
Subject figure; religion (Holy Family, St Cecilia, John the Baptist)
Measurements 112.5 x 82 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Charles Sydney Howitt 1918.
Provenance Probably Enoch Dawson Howitt, of Berkeley House, Kennington Road, Surrey; by descent to Charles Sydney Howitt of Leamington.
Notes This painting is similar to the curious Madonna and Child at Derby Museums and Art Gallery, which is also likely to date from the nineteenth-century.
Rights Owner Erewash Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith



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