|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|