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Sistine Madonna, the

Edited by Tom Devonshire Jones, Linda Murray and Peter Murray

in The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art & Architecture

Second edition

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199680276
Published online November 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744419
Sistine Madonna, the

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A painting by *Raphael (now in Dresden) was executed for the Benedictine church of San Sisto (S. Sixtus) in Piacenza in 1512/13. The Virgin, grave, barefoot, with veiled head and dressed in the simplest robe, bears the Christ Child in her arms as she walks on clouds—i.e. she is a vision. She is attended by two saints, Pope Sixtus II, a 3rd-century martyr, whose papal tiara stands on the parapet below him, and ...

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