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Oil Painting Technique – How to paint in style of Raphael

Oil Painting Technique – How to paint in style of Raphael

How to paint in style of Raphael

The Three Graces is an oil painting by Italian painter Raphael, housed in the Musée Condé of Chantilly, France. The date of origin has not been positively determined, though it seems to have been painted at some point after his arrival to study with Pietro Perugino in about 1500, possibly 1503-1505. According to James Patrick in 2007’s Renaissance and Reformation, the painting represents the first time that Raphael had depicted the nude female form in front and back views.

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Three Graces by Raphael

The Three Graces is an oil painting by Italian painter Raphael. The date of origin has not been positively determined, though it seems to have been painted at some point after his arrival to study with Pietro Perugino in about 1500, where he studied oil painting techniques.

The image depicts three of the Graces of classical mythology.

It is frequently asserted that Raphael was inspired in his painting by a ruined Roman marble statue displayed in the Piccolomini Library of the Siena Cathedral – 19th century art historian Eugene Muntz held that it was a not very skilful copy of that original—but other inspiration is possible, as the subject was a popular one in Italy.

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The Graces, 1st century, Pompeii

Julia Cartwright in Early Work of Raphael (2006) proposes that the painting bears far more influence of the school of Ferrara than classical sculpture, making clear that the statue was not Raphael’s model.

The three women in the painting may represent stages of development of woman, with the girded figure on the left representing the maiden (Chastitas) and the woman to the right maturity (Voluptas),though other interpretations have certainly been advanced.

The Three Graces remain a motif in pop culture:

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Kehinde Wiley, The Three Graces, 2005

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Leonard Nimoy, Three Grace, 2007

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Randolphlee McIver, Three Graces, 1975

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Joel-Peter Witkin, The Graces, New Mexico, 1988

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