(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

The Holy Family

Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 207 x 140 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Leo X commissioned this Holy Family with Elizabeth, the boy Baptist and two angels, and gave it to Claude, the wife of the French king, Francis I. Although it is signed RAPHAEL URBINAS, the picture is not autograph (entirely by the artist's hand). Raphael delegated the work mainly to workshop assistants; so the signature corresponds to a modern trademark.