National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Raphael

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The National Gallery is fortunate to possess this country's finest collection of paintings by Raphael, the youngest of the three artists whose styles epitomize the High Renaissance. What Leonardo achieved by sheer intellect and Michelangelo through passionate intuition, Raphael acquired by persistent study and assimilation. Through the works in this room we can trace the process by which he transformed the fifteenth-century style of his earliest teachers into something new and of enduring influence. For later generations, Raphael's art came to represent an ideal of perfection, the very definition of easy grace and harmonious balance. (continue)


1Pietro Perugino, The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Saint John, Saint Jerome, and Saint Mary Magdalene [left panel], c. 1482/1485
2Raphael, The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505
3Raphael, Saint George and the Dragon, c. 1506
4Raphael, The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, 1508
5Raphael, The Alba Madonna, c. 1510
6Raphael, Bindo Altoviti, c. 1515
7Bacchiacca, The Gathering of Manna, 1540/1555