By Dr. Andrea da Montefeltro
The current unveiling of a exceptional masterpiece by Raffaello Sanzio, depicting Mary Magdalene and courting again to 1505, has despatched shockwaves via the artwork world. This extraordinary discover, acquired by a discerning French non-public collector from a gallery, has rekindled the fervor surrounding Raphael’s genius. The astute gallery proprietor, with a discerning eye, bought the portray at an public sale, oblivious to the truth that the poplar board had been subtly mounted onto the again of a nineteenth-century Florentine-style parquet. This function mirrored that of one other Raphael masterpiece, the three Graces, housed on the Condé Museum. Apparently, this newfound treasure originated from a non-public London assortment, including a layer of thriller to its storied previous.
Famend conservator and restorer, Nathalie Nolde of Chantilly, has lauded the art work’s distinctive craftsmanship and finesse. A complete research on this masterpiece was printed within the esteemed scientific journal, “ISTE, OPEN SCIENCE, ARTS et SCIENCES,” boasting an editorial committee that includes luminaries corresponding to Philippe Walter, Director of the CNRS and former Director of the Louvre laboratory, and Ernesto Di Mauro, Vice President of the European Interdisciplinary Committee of the Academy of Sciences.
Delving into the historic tapestry of Raphael’s Magdalene, students unearthed fascinating particulars. A notarial deed from 1565 confirmed its possession by the Fontana household. Subsequently, this portray discovered its place within the 1623 stock of Della Rovere’s assortment and within the 1631 stock of the Ducal Palace of Urbino. The portray’s journey then led to Florence, the place it was included in a listing of works transferred from Urbino. Intriguingly, one other Magdalene, assumed to be a duplicate, surfaced on this switch. The presence of Perugino’s Magdalene within the Villa del Poggio Imperiale’s 1654 stock additional complicates the narrative. Over time, attributions shifted, with Perugino’s work finally attributed to Raphael, underscoring the intricacies of artwork historic evaluation.
Nonetheless, on the Palazzo Pitti, there’s a Magdalene attributed to Perugino, nevertheless it doesn’t seem within the stock of the Ducal Palace of Urbino in 1631 or within the listing of works transferred from Urbino to Florence. It might subsequently be that Perugino’s Magdalene is the portray thought of to be a duplicate of Raphael’s Magdalene. Within the stock of the Villa del Poggio Imperiale of 1654, Perugino’s work was discovered within the house of Vittoria Della Rovere. Though the attribution to Perugino is now generally accepted by fashionable critics, within the 1691 stock, this identical portray grew to become a piece attributed to Raphael as a result of historians of the time knew that the younger prodigy had painted a portrait in effigy of the Saint! The detailed description of Perugino’s work at present on the Pitti Palace reveals beneficial data. On the finish of the seventeenth century, the title of the donor was inscribed on the bust of Mary Magdalene, however immediately it not seems there! If the inscription on the bust “S. Maria Madalena” changed the title of the donor, this demonstrates that the Mary Magdalene of the Villa Borghese, which appeared of their assortment in 1693 and bears the identical inscription “S. Maria Madalena,” is a duplicate dated from the tip of the seventeenth century of the work attributed to Perugino. Raphael’s model, extremely superior to the opposite variations, doesn’t have an inscription on the bust however diamond-shaped patterns paying homage to these discovered on the Mona Lisa.
Raphael’s Mary Magdalene, a masterpiece measuring 46 cm x 34 cm, was offered at a prestigious convention in Marche, Italy. Specialists corresponding to Annalisa Di Maria, Dr. Andrea da Montefeltro, Professor Emeritus Jean-Charles Pomerol, and Mom Maria Cecilia Vicentin, Professor of Artwork Historical past, illuminated the viewers with their insights.
Scientific analyses of Raphael’s Magdalene have revealed compelling proof supporting its authenticity. The palette’s consistency with Raphael’s Florentine interval, the usage of translucent monochrome layers much like Leonardo’s teachings, and the meticulous execution course of mirror Raphael’s recognized strategies. Remarkably, the overall thickness doesn’t exceed 1mm. The research additionally recognized the usage of the spolvero methodology and showcased quite a few repentances all through totally different phases of execution, as much as the ultimate work, a testomony to the artist’s distinctive ability. In Perugino’s Magdalene, the repentances solely seem on the stage of the fingers. These findings definitively affirm the rediscovered Mary Magdalene as the unique work.
This breathtaking masterpiece not solely underscores Raphael’s creative brilliance but in addition sheds mild on the collaborative and progressive spirit of the Renaissance artwork scene. As we marvel at this resplendent art work, we’re reminded of the enduring influence of those geniuses on the evolution of artwork and human creativity.
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