Madonna dell Granduca (1505)

Oil on wood

84 x 55 cm (33 x 21 1/2 in.)

Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino ,or more commonly known today as just Raphael, was born in Florence on Good Friday, 1483. As the son of a painter, his life work was destined for nothing less than artistic bliss. Later in his life he traveled all over Italy; however, he always seemed to return home to Florence.

“Madonna dell Granduca” is an 84 by 55 centimeter piece bountiful in beauty but supported by its simplicity as oil on wood painting. A 19th century restoration left the marvelous painting partially different. The blackened background is result of the restorer’s decision to cover Raphael’s original background. Thankfully they did not alter Madonna or Child. As the infant Christ looks out towards the spectator we can quickly be captivated and drawn in. Hanging in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence where droves of visitors annually pass by, this artwork has become a world renowned piece of artwork.

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