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The artist lived and worked in the Renaissance. His name was famous throughout Florence (at that time this city was considered the center of art and painting). The glory of the brilliant artist was so great that he was entrusted with a special task - to paint the apartments of the Pope.
Rafael Santi painted the painting "Angel" at the beginning of the XVI century, at the age of 17 or 18 years. It is worth noting that the canvas was written to order, and not by inspiration. On December 10, 1500, a local bishop approached the seventeen-year-old artist and offered a contract for the execution of the altar image in honor of the coronation of Nikolai Tolentinsky, who overthrew Satan. Upon successful completion of the order, Raphael was promised the title of “master” and a good monetary reward.
Only two fragments of this altar with the well-preserved painting "Angel" have survived. It is worth noting that already at a fairly young age (17-18 years), Raphael skillfully conveyed the psychological state of a person on the canvas. If we compare the two painted angels on the altar, the first differs from the other angel in its soft facial features and love in the eyes.
The young artist skillfully conveyed the play of shadows and the contrast of lighting. Lighting, clothes and artificial light sources, as if complement all the softness of the character of the “Angel”, they are harmoniously combined with the look and essence of the servant of the Lord.
One look at the picture is enough to see the artist’s intentions to depict the contrast between the two figures. Neither before Raphael nor after him for a long time no one learned to subtly convey the psychological characteristics of personality.
In 1789, the altar was badly damaged by the earthquake, and only the picture "Angel" and "Virgin Mary" remained from it. At the moment, the painting has been stored in the Louvre since 1981, when he bought it from the city taxi driver, who inherited the painting.
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