Raffael, »Madonna mit Kind und Buch«, um 1503, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

Raphael and the Madonna

From Early Work to Mastery

After having already paid tribute to the Renaissance master Raphael with two exhibitions marking the 500th anniversary of his death this year, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister now draws attention to a central aspect of the artist’s work: the presentation of the Virgin and Child.

  • DATES 04/12/2020—16/05/2021
  • Opening Hours daily 10—17 , Monday closed
  • Admission Fees normal 14 €, reduced 10,50 €, under 17 free, groups (10 persons and more) 12,50 €
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Online Exhibition

We invite you to take a virtual tour through the exhibition during the corona-related closing of museums.

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[Translate to English:] Begegnungen: Raffaels Madonna mit Kind und Buch aus Pasadena

‘Raphael and the Madonna’ also takes the opportunity to revisit Dresden’s central masterpiece – the Sistine Madonna. The original setting and theological message of the famous altarpiece are brought vividly to life.

For the duration of the exhibition, the Sistine Madonna will be installed opposite a recreated choir screen surmounted by a crucifix. The frightened gazes of the Infant Christ and his mother are directed – as formerly in the abbey church of San Sisto in Piacenza – towards the back of the crucifix. This new staging enables visitors to experience the rich context of Raphael’s painting.

View through the gallery rooms towards the "Sistine Madonna", in front of which there is a high crucifix
© Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Installation in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister to mark the exhibition Raphael and the Madonna, 2020/21

[Translate to English:] Raffael und die Madonna

In the Semper-Kabinett, the focus falls upon Raphael's early oeuvre. The loan of the Madonna and Child with Book,* c. 1503, from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, facilitates this encounter with Raphael's early mastery and places his work in the context of his contemporaries.

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Madonna and Child with Book from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena cannot travel to Dresden for this exhibition. We hope to be able to show the painting at a later date.

[Translate to English:] Impressionen



Publication accompanying the special exhibition

Raffael and the Madonna

Editor: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Stephan Koja; 144 pages, ISBN 978-3-7774-3617-3; 29,90 €

Raffael, »Madonna mit Kind und Buch«, um 1503, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Further Exhibitions


im Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart
16.10.2020 —17.01.2021
06.06.2020 —30.08.2020


im Zwinger

Teekanne aus Porzellan
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