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Firs Zhuravlev, Before the Wedding, 1874

Quote: Firs Zhuravlev (1836 - 1901) was A Russian genre painter. In 1863, he became part of the Revolt of the Fourteen, a group of students who supported Realism and were protesting the Academy's insistence on promoting the Classical style. He joined the others in withdrawing from the school and accepting a designation as Artist Second-Degree. From 1862 to 1874, he was under police surveillance for alleged ties to revolutionary groups, possibly due to the social criticism inherent in many of his portrayals of peasant life.

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Raphael, Madonna of the Candelabra, c.1513

Quote: The Madonna of the Candelabra is a painting by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael, dating to about 1513. It is presently in the collection of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Painted during his Roman period, this tondo Madonna of the Virgin and Child employs a rare motif of flanking candelabra that was derived from representations of ancient Roman emperors. Through this reference to the rulers of antiquity, Raphael alludes to Christ's and Mary's roles as the king and queen of Heaven. Raphael was famed for his graceful style. which combined the study of classical sculpture and nature. The chiaroscuro effects (modeling in light and shade) and gentle coloring give the figures a soft, delicate appearance. The painting relies heavily on the participation of Raphael's workshop, and the two angels certainly were done by his assistants. This was the first Madonna painted by Raphael to enter a North American collection. It was purchased by Henry Walters in 1901.

The central portion of the painting was issued as the traditional holiday first class Christmas stamp for 2011 by the United States Postal Service.

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