c.1510 diameter, 95cm, Oil on canvas
Depicted like Bellini's Madonna of the Meadow in an open
landscape, The Alba Madonna is an example of the Renaissance "Madonna of Humility" tradition. However, all comparison with Bellini ends here, and it is the influence of Michelangelo that is more evident in The Alba Madonna, not least in
its tondo format-derived from Michelangelo's Holy Family, which Raphael saw in Rome.