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

Madonna of Loreto (Madonna del Velo)

Oil on wood, 120 x 90 cm
Musée Condé, Chantilly

The painting was given to the church Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome by Pope Julius II. The painting, containing significant overpaints, was attributed to Penni until 1979 when it was undoubtedly identified as the work of Raphael. It is one of the most copied work of Raphael, the number of known copies is close to 120. Its name is derived from one of the - now lost - copies in the Basilica Santa Casa di Loreto in Rome. This copy was thought for long time to be an original painting by Raphael.

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