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Nineteenth century oil on canvas copy of Madonna della Seggiola (Sedia), after Italian Renaissance master Raphael (1483-1520). Considered to be one of the painter’s most intimate works, the original of this masterpiece was painted in 1514 and is presently located in the Palazzo Pitti collection, in Florence, Italy. In Raphael’s image, the Madonna engages the viewer directly as she sits closely confined within the circular tondo format affectionately and protectively cuddling her young son, the infant Christ Child. On the right slightly behind the Madonna and Child, the painter depicts the figure of Christ's young cousin, the boy St. John the Baptist. This unsigned work denotes the anonymous artist’s excellent skills in execution.


Also noteworthy of mention, there is a canvas supplier’s stamp on the back belonging to Ancienne Maison Vallé Bellavoine Sucesseur, which was in business in Paris (3, rue de l’Arbre-Sec) between 1847 and 1870. Although this has been covered during the restoration process, the restorer has made a copy on Japanese silk, which is now adhered to the new canvas backing in the same place and position as the original.

A 19th century French copy of 'Madonna of the Chair', after Raphael, circa 1860