“La Madonna di San Sisto” (the Sistine Madonna)


My wife and I were given a very nice (and very old) copy of “La Madonna di San Sisto” (the Sistine Madonna) for Christmas. The original, a 1512 painting by Raphael that was commissioned by Pope Julius II as an altarpiece for the church of San Sisto, is today in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.

This painting, one of Raphael’s last Madonnas, depicts the Blessed Virgin holding the Christ Child and flanked by Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara. In the background are dozens of obscured cherubs while two very distinctive cherub figures are in the foreground.

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