Raphael’s final painting, The Transfiguration, was left incomplete by 1520, the year of his death at the age of 37. Commissioned three years previously by the Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, the work was originally intended to be an altarpiece for the Narbonne Cathedral in France. The culmination of his short but illustrious career, The Transfiguration is an imaged reproduction of the Transfiguration of Jesus in which Christ connects heaven and earth by metamorphosing into a divine radiance. Raphael also chose to include another scene from the Gospels in the lower section of the painting, illustrating the miraculous deeds of the Christian Messiah. Considered by many to by Raphael’s finest work, the painting remains the spiritual last will and testament of this astonishing artist.
Raphael too saw this as his greatest accomplishment, managing to please his patrons, acknowledge the work of his predecessors, pay homage to his contemporaries, and prefigure the stylistic concerns and composition of Baroque and Mannerist painting. Yet for the artist this imagined reproduction of the Biblical scenes was a simple dichotomy between Christ as the redeemer, radiating a pure and balanced vision, and the inequities of man, represented by the bottom half of the painting – a gloomy, turbulent conflict. Yet, the two stories intermingle as the characters from the lower section are blinded by the glorious light emanating from the Christ, uniting the tales into one grand visual narrative.
The artist prepared countless preparatory drawings and sketches for the characters and how they interacted. The Transfiguration is the culmination of Raphael’s Roman period, which was characterised by frantic creative output and regular commissions. As simple a canvas as this is, it is a profoundly intricate composition, brimming with the harmony and balance characteristic of this prodigious and remarkable painter.
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