Raphael of Urbino’s painting, Crucifixion with Sts Mary Virgin, Mary Magdalen, John and Jerome is widely considered to be one of his earliest works. The painting depicts the crucifixion of Christ with accompanying saints including St. Jerome and Mary Magdalene at the foot of the Cross, while John the Evangelist stands behind Mary Magdalene, and Mary stands on Jesus’ right.
This masterpiece is painted using silver leaf for the moon and gold leaf for the sun. The inscription reads “Raphael of Urbino painted this” in silver letters adding another element to this already incredible piece. Through his use of precious metals, Raphael masterfully captures a sense of divinity and radiance in his depiction that makes it stand out from other depictions.
Raphael’s style in this work shows an understanding beyond his years as a painter. In addition to showcasing great skill with color, he adds layers of depth through shape and form which further emphasize the emotional pull in this scene. Overall, this painting remains a beautiful reminder not only of Raphael’s artistic talent but also as a testament to timeless religious subject matter.