Title: The Alba Madonna
Artist: Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino)
Year: c. 1511
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Period: High Renaissance
Style/Genre: Religious Painting
Notes & Analysis of the Artwork
The Blue (Steel Blue) reveals an omnipotent presence.
- The blue of the sky reveals the lord’s and the holy spirit’s presence.
- Cool, calm, and relaxing naturalism.
- Blue covering the pink, tells of the spirit’s protection of Mary’s motherhood.
The Greens, teal color connection (Smalt Blue); clarity and new life.
- The blue in the “teal” provides clarity and spiritual growth.
- The green tells of the new life of the baby figures.
- Connects the sky and the land with the cross.
The Pink (Cornflower Lilac) tells of motherhood & love.
- Pink underneath blue tells of Mary’s virtue being blessed.
- The feminine tone to the painting, adds the presence of love.
The Brown (Irish Coffee) refers to guidance and wisdom.
- John the Baptist being brown, Mary leaning on the brown stump.
- Jesus nowhere near any browns.
- Tells of others’ guidance on Jesus’s journey.
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