(b. 1483, Urbino, d. 1520, Roma)

The Transfiguration (detail)

Oil on wood
Pinacoteca, Vatican

This boy is the embodiment of the aesthetic paradox that the ugly can be portrayed in a beautiful way. The humanist Giovio admired the figure for the way in which the physical movement and the fixed stare show the exact physical and mental state of the sick child.