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


Villa Farnesina, Rome

Raphael's pictorial narrative in the Loggia di Psiche begins in the spandrels of the short side on the left as one enters and continues along the spandrels to the right to the second short side and then along the entrance side. These triangular surfaces represented a problematic format for artists. Raphael solved this challenge in ever new and surprising ways, causing the form of the painting's support and the composition of its figures to interact in particularly fortuitous and varied manners.

In the spandrel of the right-hand short wall Mercury appeals for Psyche to be found. His body expands across the entire surface of the spandrel into the corners and flies out toward the viewer.

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