Artibus et Historiae no. 8 (IV)

1983, ISSN 0391-9064

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DAVID ALAN BROWN - Raphael's Small Cowper Madonna and Madonna of the Meadow: Their Technique and Leonardo Sources

To mark the five-hundredth anniversary of Raphael's birth, many of his paintings have been technically investigated and cleaned. Two of these recently treated works - the Small Cowper Madonna in Washington and the Madonna of the Meadow in Vienna - are here compared in terms of their technique and their Leonardo sources. The Small Cowper Madonna is more loosely and thinly painted than the Vienna picture, which is in better condition. Both works have underdrawings revealed in infra-red reflectograms. The two paintings also share the same Leonardo sources. They belong to the initial phase of Raphel's involvement with Leonardo, in which he borrowed specific motifs from the older master's work.

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