The Marriage of the Virgin

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This shows the marriage between Mary and Joseph. Yes, THAT Mary and Joseph
It was originally commissioned to hang in a church, where it stayed for 250+ years until “given” to the general of an invading army
A masterpiece by the Old Master Raphael, with wonderful detail and perspective

SKU: 143196
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More about The Marriage of the Virgin
Inspired by a series of commissions given to Raphael’s teacher, this is a good example of the student surpassing the master. Compare the background temple of Giuseppe Lechi’s painting below to Raphael’s above.

Raphael's teacher's version

Both are of course wonderful examples of Renaissance art, but to us Raphael’s is superior – the sense of perspective is awesome.

The painting has been in the possession of a church, a general, a hospital, the Italian state, and was almost given to France. All the moving about (and 500+ years of age!) mean it was damaged. Fortunately, the artist tasked with repairing it in the late 19th century did so in a way that preserved a lot of the original surface, meaning the piece has been much studied since and the underlying image viewed via infrared.

It is now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.

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