Raphael: The Holy Family
Raphael painted this Holy Family during his stay in Florence. With its mood of sublime sorrow, in this picture anything prosaic or banal would be alien to the heroes, yet this does not deprive them of a feeling of naturalness. The smooth lines, the harmonious combination of colours and the compact composition all contribute to create a sense of monumentality and grandeur. The soft chiaroscuro modelling the forms is evidence of the influence of Leonardo da Vinci on the young artist. This masterpiece in now in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.