Madonna of the Rose

Madonna of the Rose
Artist Raphael
Year 1518-1520
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid
Dimensions 41 in × 33 in
103 cm × 84 cm

Madonna de la Rosa is an oil painting made circa 1518 to 1520 which is believed to be one of the many Madonnas made by the Italian artist, Raphael. The painting shows the Virgin carrying the child Jesus and Saint Joseph, another child who is possibly John the Baptist, and a rose on the table from which the artwork got its title.

However, art critics have doubted that this is an artwork made by the artist only. It was said that the dynamic bending of the Virgin’s head as well as the body, together with the playful movement of the infant Jesus is not commonly seen in his works. The use of pastel colors such as pink, olive green and turquoise was also something different from previous works by Raphael.