The Soul that Has Embellished the World
Anna Maria Amato
The chain that ties us to Raphael
Links in a chain that meticulously describe the various aspects of the painter’s career, his very existence, his desires and friendships, his artistic and personal loves, his origins. Raphael was complex and often mysterious. When a man appears with such impact that we stop considering the man alone but see him somewhere at the point of conjunction between humanity and the divine, we hunt through the minutiae, we want to put ourselves into his thoughts and secrets, we want to understand how perfection can penétrate the body of an individual alone. Raphael belongs to those very rare few who change the direction of the genre, the spirit of his time and whose influence affects centuries to come; he belongs to those who do the work of entire generations on their own.