The Transfiguration of Raphael

The Transfiguration of Raphael
The Transfiguration of Raphael
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This oil painting on wood of considerable dimensions (405 x 278 cm) is a work entirely done by Rafael Sanzio, although for a long time scholars speculated that it was not he came to finish it, so Giulio Romano had finished it after Raphael's early death. However, the last restoration carried out on this work, which is now owned by the Vatican Pinacoteca, has shown that all of it was carried out by the great painter of the Renaissance.

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The Transfiguration of Raphael

The truth is that it is quite a complex composition. At the top we see Jesus Christ floating in the sky, flanked by Moses and Elijah, while Peter, James and John also contemplate him. Below we see the Apostles, as well as a young man as if possessed and pointing to the sky, and next to him is a woman who has identified herself as a healer who wanted to heal the obsessed.

It's like two scenes, one upper and one lower. The part of the sky is much calmer and also brighter, while below everything is more convulsive and agitated, with a magnificent show of color and contrasts between light and shadow. Below, the bodies intermingle to form a mass and it seems that the quality that differentiates one from another is the gestures of their hands. It's all very theatrical and dramatic, surpassing in many aspects the aesthetic assumptions of artrenaissance.

Those hands point or show emotion, rejection and fascination. And it is done towards two very different events. On the one hand, the theme that gives it its title, that is, the ascension of Jesus to heaven, and on the other, the healing of the madness and obsession of that young man. Everything seems to be a sequence and our gaze goes from one to the other, following his hands and also the bright colors of his tunics. It is undoubtedly one of the masterpieces of Rafael, and one of the most complex if we compare it with other, much more academic ones such as the Crucifixion Mond.

And it must be taken into account that when he painted this great oil painting, Rafael was at the pinnacle of his art, which did not prevent his illness and subsequent death from surprising him. In fact, legend has it that when the painter was already very ill he asked to be able to contemplate his creation. After all, it was not only very beautiful, but it is also a scene that is portraying a healing and a celestial ascension.

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