Holy Family with Palm
The Holy Family with palm is an oil painting on wood transferred to canvas by Raffaello Sanzio,
datable to around 1506 and kept in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Original Painting by Raffaello Sanzio
The composition of the Holy Family was carefully calibrated by Raphael, with the fulcrum represented by the palm, symbol of martyrdom, which is found, not surprisingly, between Jesus and Mary. The botanical description of the tree is of extraordinary correctness, given the rarity of these plants in Italy at the time.
The lively interaction between the characters, the description of the foreground herbs and the aerial perspective of the landscape refer to the example of Leonardo Da Vinci, alive during the Florentine stay of Sanzio.
Instead, the color already has the characteristics of density and richness typical of the artist's mature works.
Below: Reversed mosaic during compositing
The delicacy of the gesture painted in this work by Raphael transformed into a mosaic: small pieces that juxtapose one another lead to the expression, the original meaning of the artist, the Holy Family.
Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic.
diameter 148 cm.