How Raphael Designed the Pivotal Painting of his Career

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infection by Raphael. Also known as ‘The Entombment’ or ‘the Baglioni Altarpiece'” src=”http://www.chrishaile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/entombment-Raphael-995×1024.png” width=”584″ height=”601″ /> ‘The Deposition of Christ’, capsule by Raphael. Also known as ‘The Entombment’ or ‘the Baglioni Altarpiece’

The previous post looked at how the above painting, the ‘Deposition of Christ’ transformed Raphael’s career and constitutes his breakthrough painting. Striking features of this painting are the way the figures seem to be struggling with a greater weight than they can easily carry, and that the figures seem to be in a state of ‘suspended animation’, frozen in the middle of action. This article will argue that these traits are neither accidental nor the result of some mystical notion of genius but were carefully planned using mechanisms designed to produce these characteristics. Continue reading

Raphael and the Pivotal Painting of his Career

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Florence at sunset. Courtesy of Flickr user stevehdc

Florence at sunset. Courtesy of Flickr user stevehdc

Florence in 1507 was gripped by a cultural flourishing that few cities before or since have ever seen and dominated by two geniuses who detested each other: Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Leonardo was at his peak, cialis 40mg urbane, advice handsome and gifted with phenomenal ability at seemingly anything he turned his hand to. However, his tendencies to procrastinate and over-experiment led to an output of just fifteen extant paintings from his sixty-seven years. Michelangelo was a generation younger, belligerent, unwashed, with a mono-maniacal focus on the human body and a personality so intense it struck terror into those he dealt with. Continue reading