In determining the years of creative development Raphael is located in Florence. Since 1504 the artist absorbs skills going on here Michelangelo and his talented colleagues Leonardo da Vinci.
Prior to that, the young Rafael tradition mastered only the beginning of the Renaissance. He took over much of the style of the masters whose talent was in full bloom. In addition, the painter a lot of practice in drawing, studied proportions and body plastic, mastered the contrasts of light and shadow.
“Madonna del Prato” – the result of painstaking study and enthusiastic. The painting was created in 1506. It depicts the Virgin in a landscape, sitting in a meadow. At her feet – two baby Jesus near John the Baptist. Apocryphal evidence that the Baptist recognized Jesus the Messiah, when they were still children. Religious plot became an excellent means to portray the nascent history of the great spiritual path.
“Madonna del Prato” lyrical, musical, moderately colorful. Young Maria with a slight blush on a porcelain face down a gentle look at babies; love and tranquility to read in her appearance. John Boy in poluprisede holds a wooden cross, Jesus stood. Lush form three figures express well-being.
Detail is drawn landscape background. It extends along the width of the fabric expanse of water, towering mountains and the city. The local plan is filled with brush strokes and rich olive green. The composition has a pyramidal structure.
Rafael wrote several “Madonna” from the age of 15. One of the best – the “Madonna del Prato”. Meant canvas Taddeo Taddei – friend and patron of the artist, and later fell into the collection of the Belvedere Palace, and is now located in the historical museum of Vienna.