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The Dragon’s Trail The Biography of Raphael’s MasterpieceRaphael's St George and the Trail The PDF #203 Dragon is the work of a genius The Dragon’s PDF an exuisitely rendered vision of heroism and innocence by one of the greatest Dragon’s Trail The Kindle #215 painters of all time Yet the painting's creation is only the beginning of Dragon’s Trail The Biography of PDFEPUB or its fascinating story which spans centuries of power play and intrigue and has made it a witness to the rise and fall of the great powers of the Western world as it seduced its owners to ever greater heights of corruption and greedRaphael's masterpiece was commissioned by Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro the ruler of Urbino in Raphael was only twenty three years old but he had already begun to acuire a reputation as a painter who was as ruth. In The Dragon’s Trail Pitman tells the story of a renowned classic masterpiece by one of the Renaissance’s most famous artists I doubt that anyone can stand in front of or simply look at a print of one of Raphael’s paintings without being moved by the beauty and talent of the artist’s brush His painting St George and the Dragon – commissioned in 1506 – was painted when Raphael was only twenty three years old But Pitman does not simply tell the story of how it was painted or the reason for the painting but follows the long lifespan of this wonderful painting throughout the following centuries until the present day This is a tale not only about a painting but its owners and their place in history including kings revolutions wealth and poverty and stretches from Italy England and Russia to America Pitman writes beautiful dramatic prose which reads like a novel than a book of art history or history The Dragon’s Trail is both a book for the lay person and the art lover alike but most of all; the passion with which the book is written is contagious Pitman’s love of art and especially this artwork is brought vividly to life in this volume I can suggest this book to lovers of history art and the Renaissance But though the book’s dust jacket does carry a beautiful colour rendition of the painting I would have liked to see a colour print of the painting inside the book as well and not one in greyscale Perhaps in the next editionFor overall enjoyment and readability I give this book four and a half out of five starsDefinitely a volume I’ll read again

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Less in his pursuit of money as he was talented The duke sent the painting to England's King Henry VII as a thank you for naming him a knight in the Order of the GarterThe painting then mysteriously disappeared for one hundred years until King Charles I saw it hanging in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke and acuired it for a book of Dragon’s Trail The Biography of PDFEPUB or Holbein drawings After Charles was beheaded in his collection was broken up and the painting made its way to the private gallery of the third richest man in France where it was ensconced in its own special room Thirty years later the philosopher Diderot was instructed by Catherine the Great of Russia to buy it for her vast collection at the HermitageThe heroic curators of the Hermit. Raphael's St George and the Dragon's peripatetic journey to end up in the National Gallery in DC is a hugely interesting tale The way that tale is told in this book Well let's just say that the book doesn't diminish the interest of its provenance but at times it doesn't contribute hugely to it either My main gripe is that every person whose hands this painting passed through is characterized the same way ambitious greedy and grasping art collectors slavering after the status this tiny masterpiece could confer upon them Really Could not one of them genuinely have loved this because it's a beautiful work of art Isn't it just possible that one of them wasn't a social climbing snob or a rapacious sovereign demonstrating their own power and glory Basically where the author is left to fill in the blank she fills in the same blank over and over Despite that if you're interested in this kind of thing the book is a good uick read and you'll appreciate knowing the background of it even the next time you find yourself in Room 20 gazing upon the small but humbling St George Incidentally there is another larger version of St George and the Dragon on another wall in room 20 behind you and to the right and I must admit I like the power and the drama of that version

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review The Dragon’s Trail The Biography of Raphael’s Masterpiece Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Â ❰Reading❯ ➷ The Dragon’s Trail The Biography of Raphael’s Masterpiece Author Joanna Pitman – Raphael's St George and the Dragon is the work of a geniuAge protected St George and the Dragon from fire water and the anarchists of the Russian Revolution until Joseph Stalin sold it in to raise cash The secret buyer was Andrew Mellon Treasury Secretary of the United States who in doing so blatantly violated a US sanction againstdoing any business with Soviet Russia Mellon eventually founded The National Gallery in Washington DC where St George and the Dragon rests to this dayExceptionally written and breathlessly paced The Dragon's Trail is a microhistory that touches on the rise of the Tudors the downfall of a Stuart the twilight of the French aristocracy the terrors of the Bolshevik revolution and the depths of the Cold War all witnessed by one painting that inspired the best and the worst instincts in its owne. Perfect book to engage the general reader with art history perfect for young adult to adult readers with a bit of curiosity about a good story about a little painting making its rounds through history