Santi Raphael, 1483-1520

[Mentioned in Miscellaneous Writings, p. 375]

The beauty of Raphael's painting lies in its grace, freshness, purity, and clarity. To his work he brought a keen observation and a serene outlook on life, the first quickened by the loveliness of the Umbrian countryside in which he grew up, and the second strengthened by the understanding with which he was surrounded from childhood. Although orphaned at 10, he had been taught to love art and poetry by his father, who, besides being a merchant, was a painter at the Montefeltro court.

After studying here with Timoteo, Raphael received instruction from Perugino, a genius in rendering light and air effects. Soon it was difficult to tell Raphael's works from his teacher's. When Raphael returned home, however, his works were distinguishable by their greater architectural feeling and their more varied landscapes. Moreover, he had learned the rules of oil and fresco painting.

The Signs of the Times
March 26, 1955

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