WMR debunks Raphael attribution
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73 December Academy
debunks Raphael painting attribution.
Rossetti, William M. "A Supposed Raphael." Academy 4 (1873): 445. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.
Rossetti presents a methodical analysis which he says indicates that the painting "The Three Graces" is not the work of Raphael. Rossetti finds the work admirable and the qualities he discusses that are inherent in the work reinforce the sense of high aesthetic value Rossetti places on the painting.
The first portion of the essay describes the three heads depicted in the painting, comparing them to Raphael's standard: the expressions are average, according to Rossetti, not beautiful, expressive or graceful. The background, too, recalls the style of Raphael, and Rossetti suggests that perhaps the painting was created by a student of Raphael, but not the artist himself.
Rossetti closes with a double meaning, stating that the painting was found by chance in a remote corner of the metropolis, covered with "the dirt and varnish of the years, now cleared away," presumably by Rossetti's argument that the painting was not done by Raphael.
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