Raphael at the Metropolitan: The Colonna Altarpiece

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The Renaissance master Raphael (1483-1520) painted his last major altarpiece about 1503 for a convent in Perugia. It was subsequently owned by Queen Christina of Sweden, the duc d'Orleans of France, and the Colonna family in Rome. In 1901, J. Pierpont Morgan acquired the altarpiece, which was still in a private collection, paying the phenomenal sum of two million francs. Morgan bequeathed the painting to the Metropolitan Museum in 1916, and it remains one of the great treasures of the collection. This book explores the ...