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F.A. Moore

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Happy Birthday, Raffael!

Happy Birthday, Raffael

Of course, now that the formality is over, I will just call you by your nickname, by which we have known you for eons: “Raphael”.

I hope you don’t mind the impromptu party; but you yourself seemed to suggest it. After all, I was just on YouTube in the wee hours of this morning, your birthday, watching Giant Panda’s cuddling their cubs, and Panda youngsters playing, inspired by Michael Creese’s beautiful panda series on RedBubble. Yes, there is a “RedBubble”; and it’s in Australia, Raphael. Amazing how the world changes, in just a few centuries, isn’t it. For you, though, I imagine it is just a blink of the eye.

But how you found me on your birthday, laughing over the Panda videos, is still a minor miracle to me. Yes I was very relaxed, and clicked an Art video, which led to others; when I saw your name among a long list of hour-long documentaries. Curious, because I don’t know much about you, I viewed the following video. You enchanted, me Raphael, with your manner of study, your humanistic approach, your effusive light, and bold-against-delicate color, your space in time. The hour became a minute.

And when the narrator said that you were “born April 6”, I had to look twice at my wall calendar (a Chick-fil-A wall calendar, with “King George the VI Ounce” cow) to make sure that, in fact— wow, that very same day, in my own time and space, was April 6— your birthday. You are 530 years old.

Happy Birthday, Raphael. You died too young, also on April 6. Thank you for finding me this day, and rekindling our relationship. You were and are a superstar. Now blow out those candles!


Raffael Sanzio da Urbino’s
Stanza della Segnatura

Vatican, Rome
featuring what is known as “The School of Athens” on the right wall

 


 


Raffael Sanzio da Urbino’s
Pope Julius II, ca. 1512

Oil on panel
15.7 × 24.8 in. (40 × 63 cm.)
click the image to view it very large, 3110 × 4226 px (4 mb)

 


 


Raffael Sanzio da Urbino’s
St. Catherine, 1508

Oil on panel
21.5 × 28 in. (54.6 × 71.1 cm.)
click the image to view it larger, 850 × 1157 px (154.6 k)

Comments

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 1 year ago

    He can be a member of my group anyday ☺

    Happy Birthday Raffael!

  • I believe I would cry in the presence of “The School of Athens”. In it, he has painted Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and himself. Thank you, Kira.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Randy Sprout
    Randy Sproutover 1 year ago

    The next time you are in Rome, you simply “must go” to the Villa Farnesina !!! Hard to find in the Trastevere neighborhood, this palace is decorated from wall to ceilings with the most excellent Raffael paintings including a room full of the Announciation to Mary! Far off the beaten track this lovely old neighborhood is packed with the very best of Rome!

  • I was just reading about the Villa Farnesina today, Randy. Thanks for recommending it! It sounds wonderful.

    – F.A. Moore

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 1 year ago

    The magical Expierence of gazing at Raffael’s art just leaves one spellbound , and too see it for real is the ultimate …. A fantastic tribute Frannie , Happy Birthday da man !!!!!!!!!

  • indeed! :) Thanks, Paul.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeover 1 year ago

    Wonderful tribute to a painter genius Frannie. One of those who enriched lives for centuries.

  • An all time great. The documentary made him out to be a gentle soul who could pull people together, and whom everyone loved (except Michel Angelo).

    – F.A. Moore

  • Randy Sprout
    Randy Sproutover 1 year ago

    This is the room that just knocked me out!
    http://www.lindervideo.com/LL/Italy/2012%20SPRI...

  • Oh my. This is one of his few secular works, If I remember correctly. Raphael apparently had a very busy and expert workshop, who helped execute these frescos. What an amazing experience you must have had here. It’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Randy. :)

    – F.A. Moore

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 1 year ago

    Thank You Frannie, thoroughly enjoyed this and loved this quote " All who worked with Raffael lived united and in harmony. They forgot every ill humour when they saw him, every low or mean thought deserted their minds, such a thing was never seen before. He was so full of gentleness and love that even animals loved him not to speak of men.

    Being a photographer it struck me how his portraits are put into landscapes, something I don’t think I have ever seen explored photographically, i think it would be rather difficult to pull off well, Hmmm! :o)

  • You saw that quote! Yes, that struck me, too, Tony. What a wonderful way to be remembered among friends and associates. These beautiful landscapes behind portraits were popular in the Renaissance, in addition to one- and two-point perspective, for which systems were developed and popularity ensued. Gosh, Tony, think David Lynch. Or movie scenes such as Cary Grant in the North by Northwest flyover scenes— well, those are surreal, but I can at least imagine some of your work in this vein. Emotional portrait against a scene which creates a sort of tension.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    What a grand tribute to what we and so many others know to have been a real genius. Somewhere out of all those art history classes the fact of his birthday and death were one in the same came through, but I would have never been able to recall what the date was, so I’m glad you did Frannie. Thank you for posting.

  • Jim, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Artists honor the masters who have gone before us when we subconsciously or consciously borrow a line, a composition, a color scheme, or theory from their “book”, just as they did from those whom they admired. But it’s also nice, to celebrate them on one of their own special days. I felt compelled to do so, here, after the strange “coincidence” of discovering and watching the documentary on his very birth and death day.

    – F.A. Moore

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...over 1 year ago

    Yes, Happy Birthday Raffael!!

    Frannie
    Beautiful tribute to a great artist!

  • Mada, it is so good to see you at Raphael’s birthday party! Thank you. :)

    – F.A. Moore

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 1 year ago

    Yes David Lynch makes sense & North by Northwest for sure, I’ll have to revisit them both, Wasn’t thinking of cinema, might take a look at Lawrence of Arabia too and maybe Sheltering Sky, the cinematography was great in that one but not sure if it relates. It would be a process. The lens choice would be critical, probably have to use panorama techniques and light the subject with artificial light and location would be critical, wouldn’t want to do it by combining images, that would be easier but for me kind of like cheating. LOL tony

  • Oh dear no; must be in situ, although of course, when you think about it, combining portrait and a different location, is exactly what the master painters did. But the camera is very powerful because it can capture the reality (or the surreality) of one moment. Yes, I can definitely see you mastering that, Tony.

    – F.A. Moore

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyover 1 year ago

    Frannie just a thought after reading your reply to Jim, there are no coincidences, it all has a reason or purpose. :o) tony

  • That’s what is so eerie. I know this; but admitting it seems a bit … well, you know… :)

    – F.A. Moore