Raphael's Madonnas & Other Great Pictures Reproduced from the Original Paintings; With a Life of Raphael and an Account of His Chief Works

Raphael's Madonnas & Other Great Pictures Reproduced from the Original Paintings; With a Life of Raphael and an Account of His Chief Works

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...d'una certa idea che me viene in mente"). With the single exception of the Sistine Madonna, he painted tender, loving mothers, and took his chances whether or not they should be regarded as the Mother of God. In all his Madonnas maternal regard for her offspring is very distinctly expressed. He seems to have been fondest of this class of subject in his youth, though he devoted much time later on to designing and 48 RAPHAEIJS MADONNAS. executing pictures of the Virgin and Child, and it is in these subjects that his peculiar qualities as a painter are most fully developed, for his art does not depend upon associations which are beyond the sphere of form. In his earliest pictures he embodied the idea of prayer in the Virgin reading a book. Later on he used this idea with many variations. Sometimes the infant Jesus was conceived playing with a bird, or picking at a pomegranate, yet always invited by his mother to look at the pages of a book. In other scenes he is watching the boy Baptist, but the book is always present on the Virgin's knee. Among the infinite number of sketches, designs, fancies, and pictures in which he has varied the subject, Raphael has never represented the mother of Jesus nursing her Child, as other painters so often did.' There is, indeed, in the act something which a religious and delicate feeling would suggest as touching too closely upon humanity to be represented in this connection. The Madonnas of the Florentine period form a group absolutely distinct in the work of Raphael. They are already free from the mysticism of Umbria, but do not offer the plenitude of form and the triumphal characteristics which are noticeable in some of his later creations. The following opinions of various authorities...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804023
  • 9781236804020