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Madonna Conestabile | by Patrick Costello
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Madonna Conestabile

Madonna and Child (circa 1504) by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio).

Tempera on canvas (transferred from panel)

 

In this early work, Raphael represents the harmony and unity of Man and Nature with profound lyricism. Peace and contemplation - and hint of sadness - are reflected in the face of the young woman, and are perfectly in tune with the mood engendered by the transparent spring landscape. The flowing lines of the figures, echoing the round format of the painting, and the gentle painting style intensify the tender and delicate image of the young woman and the beauty of the world around.

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Taken on July 11, 2008