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The Virgin and Child on the Clouds, after Raphael

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The Virgin and Child on the Clouds, after Raphael

16th century
18.6 cm x 14.9 cm (7 5/16 in. x 5 7/8 in.)

Marcantonio Raimondi (Argini, Italy, circa 1470 or 1482 - circa 1527-1534, Bologna, Italy) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.18

Catholics believe that when the Virgin Mary’s body was assumed into Heaven, she was venerated there as queen because of her participation in the redemption of mankind – by allowing her body to be a vessel for God. The title Queen of Heaven appeared in devotional prayers and translated into art in the form of regal images of the Virgin. The coronation of the Virgin, in which a crown is placed on Mary’s head, is usually set in a royal court or among the clouds with throngs of saints and angels looking on in admiration. The audience for these particular images was probably a wealthier one, more likely to venerate a regal Virgin than a peasant mother of God.

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