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This Holy Family, from the collection of Louis XIV, was long ascribed to Raphael (for Turner and Raphael in the Louvre, see catalogue note to folio 13 of this sketchbook, D04287). Today it is attributed to Giulio Romano (circa 1499–1546). The Virgin appears with St Anne and the Christ child with the infant St John the Baptist. The picture is illustrated alongside Turner’s drawing by Warrell,1 who proposes that Turner may have had it in mind when he painted his own Holy Family (Tate N00473)2 on returning to London; however, as Warrell also acknowledges, the influence there is mainly Venetian.
Turner’s shorthand notes in his sketchbook seem to refer partly to the landscape background on the right of the picture, which he omitted from his copy.
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