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A woman holds and looks toward a nude, young child, who sits on her lap and looks out at us, smiling, in this vertical painting. They both have pale skin and thin, gold halos floating above their heads. The background behind them deepens from teal blue along the top edge to ice blue behind their shoulders, perhaps indicating that it is a clear sky. To our right, the woman is seen from the lap up with her body angled to our left, toward the child she holds. She looks down at the child almost in profile with dark eyes under faint brows. She has a long, straight nose, smooth cheeks, and her petal-pink lips are closed. Her blond hair is braided and twisted back from her face under a sheer, gold-trimmed, white veil, that flutters as if in a breeze. Her dusty rose-pink dress has a wide neckline and the elbow-length sleeve we can see falls loosely over a tighter, spring-green sleeve. The neckline is trimmed with gold decorations and an inscription: “MDVIII.R.V.PIN.” A peacock-blue robe drapes over the shoulder farther from us and across her lap. That arm wraps around the child’s back, and she holds her other hand to her chest, near where the child grips the neckline of her dress. The child sits on an oyster-white pillow with one leg flung across the woman’s lap and the other, closer to us, dangling between her knees. Slightly slouched, his body is angled to our right, toward the woman, but he looks over his shoulder at us with dark eyes. He has faint, blond eyebrows, a delicate nose, a dimpled chin, flushed cheeks, and his pale pink lips curl into a smile. The boy has wispy blond hair and pudgy, toddler-like cheeks and body. His other hand rests on the pillow between his legs. A band of gauzy, sheer fabric decorated with gold stripes wraps around one shoulder and around his upper chest.

Raphael, The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, 1508, oil on panel, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.25

Canceled—Capolavori dell’edificio occidentale (West Building tour in Italian)

  • Saturday, May 16, 2020
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • West Building, Main Floor - Rotunda

Questa visita gratuita esamina i maggiori capolavori della vasta collezione permanente della National Gallery in italiano. La visita dura circa 50-60 minuti.

Marzo 10, 14 at 12:00 p.m. (March)
Aprile 14, 18 at 12:00 p.m. (April)
Maggio 12, 16 at 12:00 p.m. (May)
Giugno 9, 13 at 12:00 p.m. (June)

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