(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)
The Voyage of Galatea (detail)1511
Villa Farnesina, Rome
The painting combines the vitality of pagan narrative with his unusual compositional harmony. Galatea, the sea-nymph, rushes forward on a dolphin-drawn chariot. Her head is turned to one side and her glance is directed over her shoulder toward the amorini or cupids who fly above her, bows drawn. A crowd of sea-nymphs and Tritons - fantastic creatures, half man and half fish - surround her. The powerful nudes possess the energy of Michelangelo, but the soft modelling of the winged cupids is peculiar to Raphael.