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Raphael: Mond Crucifixion

Background
As discussed above, Raphael was primarily a painter and was known for his elegant and perfect work. Unlike the other two artists making up the big three, he only painted, but he still produced many beautiful paintings, maybe even better than the others. He even created his own art school to inform and inspire miners about art (specifically painting). You may already know that he is famous for his madonnas, but he also made some other very unique and amazing artwork. Between 1502 and 1503, Raphael painted a religious piece called the Mond Crucifixion. It is believed that Raphael was inspired by his teacher, Perugino when paint this piece.

Interpretation
Raphael created a great interpretation of life right after Jesus’s crucifixion in this painting. The Mond Crucifixion was a picture portraying what Jesus and some other spectators looked like after he was crucified. Underneath Jesus, nailed to the cross, are four people including Mary Magdalene, John the Evangelist, Mary, Jesus’s mother, and St. Jerome. Also there are two angels holding chalices catching Jesus’s Blood (Catholics, at Mass, drink “Jesus’s blood,” really blessed wine). With the vibrant colors standing out from the detailed, proportionalized background and flawless lines of Jesus’s cross, you can see why Raphael is known for his perfection and the gracefulness in his art work. Lastly, unlike the Middle Ages or Roman times, all of the faces in this painting are different, and have specific details, rather than them all being the same. All in all the Mond Crucifixion definitely portrays Raphael’s artistic traits and personality with his impeccable work.

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