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The Holy Family with a Lamb by Raphael

    The Holy Family with a Lamb by Raphael

    The Holy Family with a Lamb by Raphael was created in 1507. The painting is in Museo del Prado Madrid. The size of the work is 28 x 21,5 cm and is made of oil on panel.

    n 1504, after training with Perugino, Raphael moved from Perugia to Florence, where he remained for four years to absorb the work of Leonardo and Michelangelo. His gradual mastery of classicism is visible in a series of Madonne that constitute a delicate series of variations on the subject of motherly love. One of these is the Holy Family of the Lamb, which is based on a preparatory drawing by Leonardo da Vinci for the main altar at the church of La Annunciata in Florence. While the drawing has been lost and the altar was never made, we know from a letter dated in April 1501 that the composition showed Saint Anne gripping the Virgin, who tries to keep her son from embracing the lamb… (read more in Museo del Prado)

    About the Artist: Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region. Most modern historians agree that Raphael at least worked as an assistant to Perugino from around 1500. Raphael led a “nomadic” life, working in various centres in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time in Florence, perhaps from about 1504. Although there is traditional reference to a “Florentine period” of about 1504–1508, he was possibly never a continuous resident there… read more

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