The Madonna of Loreto

size(cm): 45x60
Sale price£181 GBP


The Loreto Madonna, a masterpiece by renowned Italian artist Raphael, is a painting that has captivated art lovers for centuries. This work of art is one of Raphael's most famous and is considered one of the best representations of the Virgin Mary.

The painting was created in the year 1509 and is currently in the Vatican Pinacoteca in Rome. The Madonna of Loreto is an oil painting on canvas measuring 120 cm high and 90 cm wide. The composition of the painting is impressive, with the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus on her lap while Saint Joseph kneels before them.

Raphael's artistic style is evident in the painting, with his masterful use of light and shadow to create a sense of depth and realism. Raphael's technique is impressive, with his ability to create a sense of movement and life in the painting.

Color is another prominent aspect of La Madona de Loreto. The soft, warm tones of the paint create a sense of serenity and peace. The details in the clothing of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph are impressive, with a great deal of detail and texture creating a sense of reality.

The story behind the painting is fascinating. The Loreto Madonna was commissioned by an Italian cardinal named Francesco Alidosi, who wanted a painting for his private chapel in the Basilica of Santa Maria de Loreto. Legend has it that the house of the Virgin Mary was carried by angels from Nazareth to Loreto, and this painting depicts that event.

A little known aspect of the Loreto Madonna is that Raphael used his mistress, Margherita Luti, as a model for the Virgin Mary. This has been the subject of controversy over the years, but it cannot be denied that the painting is a masterpiece of Renaissance art.

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