Old Master's darker side put on display

| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, 7:46 p.m.

Old Master's darker side put on display

PARIS — Raphael, the third in the Renaissance trinity of Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, is famed for his serene paintings of classic subjects — orderly, predictable and harmonious.

But a landmark exhibit in Paris' Louvre museum turns that on its head.

It reveals a darker face of the Old Master in the 10 years up to his death. The exhibit shows how Raphael in that final phase of his life, while facing a crippling workload from a demanding pope, paid homage to the “dark, tense and expressive” style of Leonardo.

The exhibit, “Raphael: The Final Years” will run until Jan. 14.

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