OIL PAINTING: The Madonna of Foligno, 1511-1512
Raphael's life was short, but while he lived he was one of those geniuses who continually evolve and develop. Raphael had an extraordinary capacity (like, though greater than, Picasso's) to respond to every movement in the art world, and to subsume it within his own work.
Raphael's greatest paintings seem so effortless that one does not usually connect them with the idea of hard and relentless work. To many Raphael is simply the painter of sweet Madonnas ( The Madonna of Foligno ), which have become so well known as hardly to be appreciated as paintings any more.