The artist Sir Thomas Lawrence was an admirer of Raphael. He managed to acquire Raphael's small but radiant painting 'An Allegory (‘Vision of a Knight’)', and kept it in his possession for 19 years. Find out more about artists' private acquisitions at our exhibition 'Painters' Paintings': http://bit.ly/28IGZ3B
We begin our exploration of #Zeitgeist in the Renaissance, learning from the Gallery's head of the division of education, Lynn Russell. She notes: "A work of art embodying 'zeitgeist' will be different for every period in the history of art. When I think of 'zeitgeist' at the Gallery, I think of Raphael’s 'Alba Madonna.' This painting is the pinnacle of perfection for the High Renaissance. When you look at the composition, you realize one couldn’t take anything away or addanything else. There’s a sheer beauty in the way Raphael paints the foreground and uses atmospheric perspective—it’s almost an infinite existence of beauty. The figures sit comfortably in the 'tondo' (round) shape of the painting, keeping your eye fully involved. And the blending of the colors—there’s a quiet strength there."
What do you notice about the "Alba Madonna" that shares the spirit of the High Renaissance? #ArtAtoZ
Raphael, "The Alba Madonna," c. 1510, oil on panel transferred to canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.24
06 Today we celebrate Raphael's birthday. With Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael is one of a triad of artists who epitomize the high Renaissance, a brief moment when a timeless, classical style produced a harmonious balance of form and meaning.
Learn about Raphael's Madonnas through the "Italian Renaissance Learning Resources" website: http://bit.ly/1Fq32l8
This is a detail from Raphael’s 1517 chalk study of the ‘Heads of two Apostles and their Hands’. It relates to two figures, traditionally identified as the young Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Peter, in Raphael’s final painting ‘The Transfiguration’, now in the Vatican City. Raphael worked on his final painting until his death in 1520.
'An Allegory ('Vision of a Knight')' is an early work by Raphael:http://bit.ly/1CYffv0
The sleeping knight could be the Roman hero Scipio Africanus. The objects the women hold may represent the ideal attributes of the knight: the book, sword and flower suggesting the ideals of scholar, soldier and lover which a knight should combine.
Raphael was influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, whose ability to portray the thoughts and emotions of figures amazed him. In ‘The Madonna of the Pinks’, Raphael transformed a familiar subject into something new by depicting the mother and son with tender expressions, and not posed formally as in many paintings by earlier artists:http://bit.ly/1Fwn1wQ