Raffaello Sanzio known as Raphael
Measurements with frame : Height : 120 cm (47 1/4 in.) ; Width : 90 cm (35 1/2 in.)
This very fine walnut frame richly carved with beads and arabesques on a gold background is the work of the florentine sculptor Luigi Frullini (1839-1897). He was well-known for his renaissance style pieces, and some of them were exhibited at the International Exhibition of London in 1862, then at the Parisian Expositions Universelles in 1867 and 1878.
It frames the copy of a celebrated work by Raphaël : « The Grand Duke’s Madonna ». The first version of this famous painting, executed in 1504-05, soon after the coming of Raphaël (1483-1520) to Florence, is now part of the collections of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. This Madonna with her Child was already considered as one of the best-achieved paintings by Raphaël during his lifetime.
This painting is undoubtedly an absolute must in the career of the greatest Italian artist. Raphaël left behind him many masterworks such as the Vatican Loggia, the decoration of the Palazzo Chigi, as well as many other palaces located in Rome and Florence.
Works by Luigi Frullini are to be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and at the Musée d’Orsay