Raphael's Alba Madonna by Mary Elizabeth Podles

A Thousand Words

Raphael's
Alba Madonna

by Mary Elizabeth Podles

In 1508, the young Raffaello Sanzio was hired away from Florence to Rome to assist in the decorations of the Vatican Palace, work that occupied him until the time of his death. During his Roman years, he also accepted private commissions for easel paintings like this one (Figure 1). The physician, writer, and prelate Paolo Giovio most likely commissioned the Alba Madonna around 1510 or 1511, inte . . .