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How Raphael Composed His Paintings

The impeccably beautiful techniques of a Renaissance master

Madonna in the Meadow (1505–1506), by Raphael. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Image source (public domain). Edited by author.

I’ve long been an admirer of Raphael, the Italian painter of the High Renaissance. His attention to composition has few rivals in the history of art, and for me, his pursuit of beauty never ceases to reward, no matter how many times I look at his work.

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