'Raphael' painting the Haddo Madonna 'unlikely' to be genuine work by Renaissance master

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A painting in a stately home collection thought to be the work of Raphael is unlikely to have been crafted by the Renaissance master, experts say.

The Haddo Madonna, part of the collection at Haddo House in Aberdeen, was acquired by former Prime Minister George Gordon, who was in power from 1852-55.

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The politician, a keen collector of Renaissance art, was told it was a genuine Raphael painting when he made the purchase in the early 19th century.

The painting depicts the Virgin Mary dressed in a pink dress with her hair plaited, gazing at her hands which are clutched to her breast in a formal 'adoration' pose.

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Gordon's collection was handed over to the National Trust for Scotland following his death in 1860.

But due to the number of talented artists working under Raphael's guidance and in a similar style, historians questioned whether it was Raphael's own work.

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Specialists were asked to investigate the work after it featured in the BBC's Britain's Lost Masterpieces in 2016.

In the programme, Dr Bendor Grosvenor suggested the painting was the work of Italian artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483-1520) who is better known as Raphael.

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As a result, the Trust arranged for the painting to be examined by experts at the National Gallery in London, where an in-depth examination of the 'under drawing' and composition was carried out and compared against known Raphael works.

The National Gallery has concluded that the painting, although 'very fine', is not likely to be by Raphael, but may instead be an 18th century Italian work by an unknown artist.

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However some experts believe the Haddo Madonna is a 16th century work by an unknown artist.

Others have suggested that it may be by an artist of the Bolognese School, which was strongly influenced by Raphael.

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