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Madonna with Beardless St. Joseph, painted in 1506 by Raffaello is set in a room. In the center, Jesus is in Mary's arms and, on the left, there is an elderly Saint Joseph, unusually portrayed without the beard we’re used to seeing. This may have been so that the figure would resemble the person who commissioned the painting. The enigmatic expressions of the three figures in the painting are particularly striking: Joseph is looking at Jesus with some displeasure, while Mary has a resigned expression; Jesus, holding onto his mother, seems almost to have a look of fear of his father. In this work, Raphael has paid especially close attention to details, such as Mary's more sophisticated hairstyle, and to the clothing of the figures.


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