Raphael (self portrait)


The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration
Raphael Sanzio (1483 - 1520)
Vatican Museum

Bishop Patrick referred to this painting in his homily at the Aylesford Caribbean Pilgrimage as depicting both Christ in glory and his earthly ministry to those who were suffering.

Above, Christ in glory with Moses and Elijah and below, in the foreground, the meeting of the apostles with the epileptic youth whom Jesus would heal on his descent from Mount Tabor. Both incidents are related in Mark (9:2-8, 14-29).

The Transfiguration was Raphael's last painting and according to his biographer, Giorgio Vasari, was considered as 'the most famous, the most beautiful and most divine'.

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