Raphael’s remarkable canvas St. Michael Vanquishing Satan displays the triumph of good over evil, and is filled with the sinewy drama and bitter conflict of an eternal struggle. After completing his first version of the scene in 1505 Raphael, under commission by Pope Julius II, was asked to paint a second rendition in 1518. The Pope, an important patron of an artist tragically reaching the end of his life, had already commissioned a number of frescoes for the interior of the Vatican, and this request to create a reproduction of an earlier work is testament to Raphael’s contemporary appeal. The original, painted for Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino, appears as an almost proto-Surrealist view of this apocalyptic battle, and is remarkably similar to the fantastic imagery of Hieronymous Bosch who had died some two years before. Every element of Raphael’s style appears to have changed in the thirteen years between the two canvases. The purgatorial gloom of the surroundings has been replaced by the more earthy tones of the Classical style.
As with many of Raphael’s works, many speculate whether the work was completed by his own hand or by his favourite apprentice Giulio Romano. The fact is that Raphael kept an immense workshop of artists and apprentices, who were expected to complete many of his frescoes from sketches, which they did with remarkable accuracy and clarity. Yet many voiced their concerns at the time that the coloring of the work, possibly the role of Romano, included too many smoky tones and, most critically, an overuse of black. Following Raphael’s death the work was restored and amended slightly. This imagined reproduction of the triumphant scene is still a masterwork of the Italian High Renaissance, a truly modern achievement of balance, style, and composition. Regardless of whose hand completed the details, the painting resonates with Raphael’s influence.
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