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Sunday 23 June 2019

Niccolo Guidetti's engraving, “Mater Amabilis”, c1815, after Raphael

Niccolo Guidetti (aka Nicola Guidetti) (fl.1800–50)

“Mater Amabilis” (Loving Mother), c1815, after Raphael’s (aka Raffaello Santi) (1483–1520) painting, “The Virgin and Child” (aka “The Bridgewater Madonna”), c1507, in the collection of the Scottish National Gallery, published by Ignazio Pavon (fl.1810–1850) in Rome, with dedication from Pietro Fontana.

Regarding Raphael’s painting shown in reverse in this engraving, the Scottish National Gallery offers the following insight:
“Raphael made many drawings and paintings of the Virgin and Child, in part inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. Here he achieved a particularly graceful combination of poses, with an elegant twist (contrapposto) in both. The exchange of glances further emphasises the tender relationship between the beautiful mother and child. Technical analysis has revealed that the artist originally painted a landscape background. Raphael may have decided that a dark setting was a better foil for the subtle modelling of his figures in light and shadow. The painting was probably made as a devotional image for a private chamber.”

Engraving with etching on wove paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 41 x 29.4 cm; (plate) 38.5 x 27 cm; (image borderline) 28.8 x 22.3 cm.
 Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (right) “Raffaello Sanzio inv. e dip.”; (centre) “MATER AMABILIS / A Sua Eccellenza / La Signora Contessa de Westmorland […] / Pietro Rontana D. D. D. / Si vende in Roma presso Ignazio Pavon in Via del Babuino N° 124.”; (right) “Nicola Guidetti inc. in Roma.”

Nagler 397 (Raphael)

Condition: well-printed near faultless impression with small margins in museum-quality/near pristine condition backed with a support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this exceptionally sensitive engraving of Raphael’s “The Bridgewater Madonna” for AU$220 (currently US$152.46/EUR134.07/GBP119.66 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this beautiful engraving from the early 1800s in near perfect condition, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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