Canvases depicting saints were always in fashion. This was a success and many rich citizens of the Middle Ages really wanted to have a portrait of the Madonna or Christ in their home. But there were triple portraits.
Raphael was the most exquisite painter of the Middle Ages and quite often executed orders with images of saints. Actually, this is how, by order, this canvas appeared. It is traditional: Mother of Christ Mary, Christ the baby and baby John the Baptist. Everything seems to be traditional, but not quite. The landscape is somewhat different and then the Madonna herself shakes with her outward splendor and some kind of peace. It can be assumed that she went for a walk with the Baby and met John, the future baptist.
Who knows if such a meeting was real or if it was a figment of the imagination of painters. But this story lured many into their networks. Raphael did not escape this. Madonna is dressed in his blue tunic and holds a book in her hands and even sits on something similar to a chair. John joined them, and she, as it were, attracted him to her, and Christ grabs the cross. The very cross with which they will baptize him and on which he will be beaten during execution. What is this if not the designation from above?
All three understand this, and therefore there is no alarm. They understand that the inevitable cannot be avoided. This is an amazing canvas, which is dominated by blue (tunic and sky, a little mountain). But the green color does not lag behind, is also present and gives us an amazing soft range. But the most important thing is that all the characteristics of the future of children are already given - the Baptist in rough lamb skin, Christ, like all babies, is still naked, but this is also not just that - this means that his soul is pure. And here's something else from symbolism - clouds over babies. This is also not just. This means that the fate of these children is not cloudless.
Pictures of Tatyana Yablonskaya