Sketches for this painting exist in Raphael's so-called 'Pink' sketch book, which contains sketches for several other Madonnas, including the 'Mackintosh Madonna'. This suggests that they were worked on around the same period, probably during Raphael's early years in Rome.

In this work, the artist depicts the moment when the Christ child picks the carnation from John the Baptist's hand. The space between their hands is the centre of the careful geometry of the composition.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1483 - 1520
Full title
The Madonna and Child with the Infant Baptist (The Garvagh Madonna)
Date made
about 1509-10
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
38.9 x 32.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1865
Inventory number
NG744
Location in Gallery