May 24, 2016

Portrait of a Man
Portrait of a Man

At the Borghese Gallery…so many iconic paintings, including many that are distasteful to me.  But this one…I thought I could turn around and perhaps see him behind me in the gallery.  Don’t we all know someone who resembles him?  He looks ordinary and materially real.  So I liked this one, and felt like thanking Raphael for painting just a human.  A human.  A real live person.  Well, the painter kept him alive for us, don’t you think?  What a lovely thing to do.

3 thoughts on “May 24, 2016”

  1. I agree Raphael is a MASTER at portraiture! One of my favorites is his portrait of Baldassare Castiglione at the Louvre. He “literally” breathes!

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