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Document Analysis The Marriage of the Virgin 1500-1504 Oil on round headed panel 170x121cm Pinacoteca di Brera Milan Raffaello Sanzio known as Raphael I have chosen The Marriage of the Virgin as a document analysis because I want to contrast this work with works of Perugino especially Christ giving the Keys to St Peter 1481-1482 and also The Marriage of the Virgin 1500-1504 Raphael was commissioned to produce the work by the Albizzini family of Citt di Castello scala 8 for the chapel of St Joseph in the Church of San Francesco In comparison to the two works of Perugino the similarities are easily recognised However although we can date Peruginos earlier work between 1481and1482 his Marriage of the Virgin can only be dated from between 1500 and 1504 Raphael helpfully named himself and dated his work in the middle of the temple and so we know definitely it was finished in 1504 so although it would seem likely one should be cautious to date Peruginos Marriage of the Virgin earlier than Raphaels In 1504 Raphael was twenty one years old and was still an apprentice in the school of Peruginoand he executed it prior to his stay in Florence and so it is natural to assume his work was still greatly influenced by his master The painting has significant parallels with the Christ giving the Keys to St Peter in the Sistine Chapel As in the earlier fresco Raphael uses the same structural format The pavilion is the dominating central focus which gives the depth of the scene in relation to the figures of the foreground The figures between the pavilion and the frontal scene is proportional in size and shows Raphaels confidence in the use of perspective The landscape shows the influence of Perugino the viewer may get a sense of tranquility and stillness which one may also associate with the actual
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