Sposalizio della Vergine

The painting, dated 1504, comes from the church of San Francesco at Città di Castello and arrived in Brera in 1805. Raphael based the Marriage of the Virgin on the model of the altarpiece of the same subject painted by Perugino and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Caen, from which he took the layout of the composition and the iconography, using them to produce a result of extraordinary and unsur…