Thursday, January 29, 2015

Portrait: "Baldassare Castiglione" By Raphael 1519

This portrait by Raphael was made in 1519 one year before Raphaels death at 37 years old. I love the eyes in this portrait, you really feel you understand this man, there is a calmness, depth, it's simply wonderful. Below that picture is a copy by Peter Paul Rubens, I like the inclusion of the hands but the expression is somehow more haunted, more menacing, less humanizing.

By Raphael 1519
By Peter Paul Rubens 1620