Κυριακή, 5 Δεκεμβρίου 2010

Raphael - Transfiguration



Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520)
Transfiguration (1520) 
Pinacoteca Apostolica, Vatican City, Rome

"After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them." (Mark IX.1-10) 

Raphael's Transfiguration painting was his last before he died. The upper part of the painting shows the Transfiguration itself on Mount Tabor, with the transfigured Christ floating in front of softly illuminated clouds, between the prophets Moses and Elijah with whom he is discoursing. 

In the lower part, Raphael depicts the Apostles attempting, unsuccessfully, to free the possessed boy of his demonic possession. 
They are unable to cure the sick child until the arrival of the recently-transfigured Christ, who performs a miracle. 
(Gordon Bendersky medical analysis of painting, New York Times, Dec. 16, 1995)
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