Thursday, October 6, 2016
La belle jardinière by Raphael
"La belle jardinière", also known as Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist, is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael in 1507. It follows the Madonna of the Goldfinch chronologically. It is currently in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Raphael studied the works of Leonardo da Vinci while in Florence and applied some of Leonardo's techniques to his own painting. Raphael's use of contrasting light and darks, and the relaxed, informal pose and relaxed face of the Madonna illustrates Leonardo's influence on this painting. Madonna's face served as a model of beauty for many generations. He was very popular for his many verisons of Madonna and the Christ Child.