These details of "The Coronation of Charlemagne"
are in my favorite part of the Vatican Museum,
the Raphael rooms. Although Raphael is believed
to have made the design for this composition,
the work was probably done by a couple of artists
from his workshop. Either way, I think it's stunning.
I also love it when the artist includes
a figure like this, peering out of
the canvas—usually it's a
self-portrait, so I wonder if
this is Raphael (or one of his
colleagues) as a child.
[See more Mellow Yellow here.]