Oil and Religion - A Raphael Gallery

In this gallery, I have chosen specific oil paintings created by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) that depict religious themes. Any time period or style is included in this gallery and the only requirement for the medium is that it was painted with oil. Any type of canvas is acceptable.

This painting depicts a dead Jesus being attended to by the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and some other apostles including Saint John. Using a triadic color scheme of primary colors including green, this picture is vibrant and looks quite the opposite of a scene of death. Perhaps this was used as a foreshadowing of Jesus' resurrection.
Although not directly from the Bible, this piece depicts Saint George slaying a dragon saving a pagan king's daughter. He then uses this situation to convert the city to Christianity. The painting makes good use of space as dimension is created using proportion and perspective lines that help Saint George to dominate the frame.
This is one of two pieces that Raphael was commissioned to make for the predella of the Colonna altarpiece. The painting depicts Saint Francis carrying religious pieces like a Bible and a cross. The colors of this piece are muted triadic colors, which provide a crisp contrast and separation of the figure from its background.
This is the second of two pieces that Raphael was commissioned to make for the predella of the Colonna altarpiece. The painting depicts Saint Anthony carrying what appear to be olive leaves and a book (possibly the Bible). Like the previous painting, the colors are a muted triadic color scheme heavily leaning to the complimentary contrast of the blue and tan.
This painting depicts The Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. Mary is holding a piece of transparent veil in her hand and Jesus is playing with it. Raphael paints this family to look ordinary and human. The shape in this painting is dynamic as the veil and Jesus's arm looks like they have movement.
This painting depicts the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus surrounded by two angles. Raphael makes good use of contrast by the colors of Mary's robe and the darkness of the wall behind the angels. The balance of this photo is center balanced because of the arrangement of the figures. Mary and the angles create a triangle around Jesus, which draws the viewer's eyes to the center of the painting.
In this painting, The Virgin Mary is depicted with baby Jesus and John the Baptist. It represents the destiny that John the Baptist was mean to fulfill in his years as an adult. The painting itself is an interesting look at balance as the figures are heavily weighted to the left of the frame. This draws the viewer’s eyes across all three figures.
In this painting, The Virgin Mary is depicted holding a baby Jesus surrounded by angels. Raphael was alluding to Jesus and Mary's place in heaven as King and Queen. The soft lines makes this piece look like it glows, and contrast is used to extenuate the figures and create depth.
Although this piece is unfinished, the mastery of Raphael’s technique is vividly shown in this depiction of the Virgin Mary with Jesus and John the Baptist. This piece is known for it's harmonious balance of the figures painted. The asymmetrical figures in juxtaposition of the background area arranged in a way that gives the painting balance.
This was Raphael's last painting and he worked on it up until he died. It depicts two different scenes. On the upper part of the picture is Jesus's transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and on the lower part is the miracle of the possessed boy. The shapes of this painting are dynamic as they give the figures the appearance of movement.
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