It is printed on 100% cotton rag acid-free, heavyweight fine art paper with a luxurious textured watercolor paper finish and archival pigment inks to ensure permanence.
Reproduced at Raphael's actual dimensions of 10.1 x 8.2 inches, it is printed on larger paper to allow ample room for matting and framing.
Study for The Three Graces, c. 1517-18
Full Size Reproduction: 10.1 x 8.2 inches
Raphael’s preparatory drawing of The Three Graces is a study of subtle feminine beauty and grace. It was for a group sprinkling a libation over a married couple in a fictive tapestry fresco in the vault of the Villa Farnesia on the banks of the Tiber River in Rome.
His masterful, impressive use of red chalk imbues the three figures with an opulent, volumetric quality. He initially outlined with a stylus and then applied the red chalk. The density of the chalk is varied to show the swellings of flesh and underlying muscle and bone. The figure at the extreme right is less complete and allows a glimpse of how Raphael built up the areas of modeling with chalk.
The three nude figures appear to all be studies of the same model holding different poses which Raphael then arranged to produce the compositional grouping. This drawing was most likely counterproofed – a process by which a piece of slightly damp paper is pressed down on the first chalk drawing then pulled away to obtain a clean copy, a process most effective with red chalk. This ‘offset’ print can then be reworked while saving the original.
Raphael’s beautiful preparatory drawing of The Three Graces, was for a group sprinkling a libation over a married couple in the fictive tapestry frescoed in the vault of the Villa Farnesia on the banks of the Tiber River in Rome.
Reproduction: Fine Art Paper with Watercolor paper finish, pigment inks.
Original Medium: Red chalk on paper
Image Size 10.1 x 8.2 inches - actual size (on larger 16 x 13 inch paper to allow ample borders for matting and framing)
Raphael (Raffaello Santi - Urbino, 1483-1520)
Master painter and architect of the Florentine school of the high Italian Renaissance, Raphael was celebrated for the perfection and softness of his paintings. He was a student of great Umbrian master Perugino and was influenced by both Leonardo and Michelangelo during his years in Florence beginning in 1504. He was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius in 1508 to paint his private rooms in the Vatican Palace which proved a turning point for the 25 year old artist.
He remained in Rome in the employ of Julius and his successor Leo X for the rest of his career. Raphael excelled at creating exquisitely controlled drawings in preparation for his paintings. His drawings exhibit a quality of grace and beauty of the naked female form. He became the “art star” of his time. Famous and in demand throughout Italy, he became wealthy and enjoyed the life of a prince. His large workshop produced some of the Vatican's most well known and treasured paintings. He died after a sudden illness at the age of 37 in 1520.
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Fine Art Reproduction. Study for The Three Graces, c. 1517, Drawing by Raphael. Fine Art Print.
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