Research by Italians Confirms that Raphael’s ‘Madonna dell Granduca’ was Amended

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FLORENCE.- An X-ray analysis has shown that the dark background that appears in one of the most famous paintings by Raphael, the Madonna dell Granduca, is not original, but was added by a painter, who is still unknown. It was until the seventeenth century, that the painting, which is housed at the Pitti Palace in Florence, that in the background of the painting architectural structures and a landscape were seen, according to research done by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (an art restoration laboratory in Italy), but today only a black background is visible. Historians agree that Raphael painted this famous virgin shortly after his arrival in Florence in 1505. Overwhelmed by its beauty, Raphael highlights the godlike quality he gives his characters, however, some had argued that the black background in the painting was not the work of Raphael and two thesis existed: one for a black background always existed, the other, that it was added later. So far the investigation