Madonna with a slap, Rafael Santi, 1507

Madonna with a slap, Rafael Santi, 1507
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  • Posted by Rafael Santi
  • Museum: Uffizi Gallery
  • Year: 1507

Overview of the painting :

Madonna with a slap – Rafael Santi. 1507. Wood, butter. 107×77

   This is one of those images of Madonna with the Baby and John the Baptist that Raphael (1483-1520) created in Florence. He was ordered by the artist by his friend, the merchant Lorenzo Nazi, for his own wedding. The painter used the same triangular composition here as in other paintings on this topic, so the image acquired equilibrium and a rare harmony.

   Mary seems to be covering the Baby Christ and little John. The soft lines of her figure, the current folds of the robe, as well as the idyllic landscape in the background typical of Raphael with the smooth outlines of the landscape, immersed in light haze and melting in the distance, fill the picture with a mood of appeasement. But the dandy, the symbol of the Passion of Christ, in the hand of John the Baptist, to which the Baby reaches, makes an alarming note in the depicted. At the same time, Madonna’s face, gentle, with his eyes down, framed by soft hair, expresses calm, which is transmitted to the viewer.