The very moment that I became transfixed while visiting Florence over the last year was when I was standing in front of the iconic self portrait of Raphael. I had even made sure I tweeted about it from Uffizi:
Anyone who hasn’t been following the adventures at 3PPP, or those who may have read through my interview, will understand that I am rather fond of Raphael. He has had incredible achievements at a young age, due in part to an incredible natural talent and a great work ethic and strong dedication to his craft.
Courtesy of interzone.com – a rare image of this portrait framed in Uffizi.
It is wonder to study the rapid development of Raphael while comparing the earlier works to the later pieces that he created. Once he came into contact with Michelangelo, Leonardo and Perugino, they had a profound impact on his overall style. In every instance, he seems to take the great lessons that these masters have to offer, then adapting them in a way to serve his own personal style. This seems to be a research, scientific based approach to the making of images that I actually find very intriguing, especially because I am also scientifically trained and also because it seems to make it even more exciting to study Raphael. Find more here: http://3pipe.net
The sensual portrait that Raphael created of his lover, Margerita Luti, seems to contain his very own signature detail in the armlet.
It is not all that unusual for fans of Raphael to get overly excited when the joy of their artistic eye makes its way into the news. Over the last year, we had what was known as the case of the “Modena Madonna”. This was a framed portrait that was said to have been drafted by Raphael and then finished up by a student, such as the talented Giulio Romano.
Before getting even further into it, you should note that this famous Uffizi portrait is not going to be accepted by everyone as a self portrait. There are some sources that say it was a later adaptation of a self portrait that had been seen in the School of Athens. The quality and extent of the evidence seems as though they have been difficult to discern.
Today, the revelation had reached me through Discovery News, where there had been a report of the copy of the famous self portrait by Raphael that is now resurfacing from the bank vault. The work had been rediscovered a number of years ago, yet the art historian that is behind the find, by the name of Gian Lorenzo Mellini, had actually passed away before the painting was able to gain full exposure, until recently.
Culture Minister Claudio Strinati and the museum director by the name of Allessandro Vesozzi, brought this painting back into the limelight, while using it to promote their new book entitled Raffaello Universale. It is also interesting to note that this is a book coming out as a limited edition work. As of right now, it is coming out at around $3,600 in USD. Despite the very interested tidbit that this book contains an appendix loaded with scientific discovers that were made by Maurizio Seracini, the cover price is a bit too rich for me.