Prologue

I had a request from an American woman to research the provenance of a painting that was bought by her Aunt in Rome in 1871 for their Washington DC home, with the story from a Vatican Monsignor that it was the original 1514 painting on canvas by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino for Leonello Pio da Carpi.

The research became my life pursuit.

The Capodimonte Museum in Naples exhibited the same subject of a Sacred Family called “The Madonna of Divine Love” on wood painted in 1518 for the Farnese Collection and is attributed to Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.

Since the late eighteenth century, many Art Historians have attributed the painting in Naples, to Gianfrancesco Penni, Raffaello’s pupil.

Which one is the original painting by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino?

Madonna of Divine Love by Raffaello explores my research into the provenance of this mysterious painting.