Heads & Hands of Two Apostles Greeting Card
This preparatory study for the Transfiguration altarpiece in the Vatican of 1518–20 is without doubt Raphael's greatest drawing. A sublime work of art, it shows the artist’s renowned powers of expression at their height and reveals his technical virtuosity. The reactions and emotions of two contrasting figures – an elderly man and beautiful youth – are explored with sensitivity and profound insight. Raphael’s mastery of the tonal range of black chalk meant that he could anticipate here the treatment of colour as well as light and shade in the final painting. By this stage, the design had been finalised and a full-size line drawing, a blueprint of the composition, had been prepared.
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