Raphael's Marriage of the Virgin, 1504.  Geometric perspective, serene faces (except for the rejected suitor breaking his staff), passionate (if a little monotone) colors.  A celebration of the Church, the Renaissance and (he signed his name!) the artist himself.

Raphael's Marriage of the Virgin, 1504. Geometric perspective, serene faces (except for the rejected suitor breaking his staff), passionate (if a little monotone) colors. A celebration of the Church, the Renaissance and (he signed his name!) the artist himself.

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (or copy after), 1483-1520, Italian, Charity, 1519-20.  Black chalk heightened with white on off-white paper, 31.3 x 15.2 cm.  Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. High Renaissance.

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (or copy after), 1483-1520, Italian, Charity, 1519-20. Black chalk heightened with white on off-white paper, 31.3 x 15.2 cm. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. High Renaissance.

Portrait of a Gentlewoman: 1517-1519   by Correggio (Hermitage Museum - St-Petersburg) - High Renaissance

Portrait of a Gentlewoman: 1517-1519 by Correggio (Hermitage Museum - St-Petersburg) - High Renaissance

One of my favorite paintings: The School of Athens - Raffaello Sanzio

One of my favorite paintings: The School of Athens - Raffaello Sanzio

The Creation of Adam (c.1511). God passing the Spark of Life to Adam. One of the most famous images of High Renaissance Christian art, it is part of the Genesis fresco (1512) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The Creation of Adam (c.1511). God passing the Spark of Life to Adam. One of the most famous images of High Renaissance Christian art, it is part of the Genesis fresco (1512) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

Paris Bordone (1500-1571) ~ Italian High Renaissance Painter ~ Portrait of a Lady, Possibly of the Fugger Family ~ ca.1545 ~ Private Collection

Paris Bordone (1500-1571) ~ Italian High Renaissance Painter ~ Portrait of a Lady, Possibly of the Fugger Family ~ ca.1545 ~ Private Collection

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