Essay on Raphael and the Alba Madonna

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Raphael and the Alba Madonna Arts 230 University of Phoenix

Rafaello Sanzio da Urbino was born in 1483 in Urbino, Italy.
Throughout most of his early life he studied as an apprentice under Pietro Perugino, a high renaissance artist that studied alongside Leonardo da Vinci, in 1501 Raphael finished his apprenticeship and began to paint commissioned works. In 1510 he was commissioned to paint the Alba Madonna by Paolo Giovio.
What materials were needed for Raphael’s drawings?
Raphael started as most artist start by drawing sketches using red chalk, charcoal or
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Raphael, as with most artists, drew before painting to rough out a first draft. To put an idea to paper is far easier to do because it allows one to try different techniques and styles and gives the freedom to change it around and/or start over if necessary. Once the final composition has been achieved, it can then be place in paint, which is far less a forgiving medium if a mistake were to be made.

What did Raphael intend to convey through his painting?
Art, and the commissioning of it, is usually based on who the commissioning body is. Since this painting was originally commissioned to be displayed in a church, Raphael intended this painting to be a symbol of the religious faith that was prevalent within the region.
How was his intended meaning successfully conveyed through the painting?
The meaning of the painting, according to religious scholars, is when the infant John the Baptist hands the cross to the Christ child, it was as he (Christ) already had an understanding of his future sacrifice to mankind.

Do you consider drawing to be as important an art form as painting? Explain your answer.
Yes, drawing is just as important as painting in that they are both forms of creative expression. According to Giarrano, 2014 “I find it can help make the final painting stronger in a number of ways. After all, when you paint you’re not drawing with the brush, you’re using the skills you have from drawing to accurately assess the shape

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