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Raphael 1483 – 1520

Four Biblical Scenes

fresco — 1513 - 1514 Museum Stanza dell'Eliodoro, Vatican City

Tags: Abraham | Isaac | Jacob | Moses | Noah

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The Stanza dell'Eliodoro is a room in the Vatican palace, named for the main work on one of the walls: The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple. The ceiling is worthwhile too, showing four scenes from the Old Testament on the subject of devine intervention.

Counterclockwise, starting at the bottom:

Compared with Raphael's earlier work, these paintings are more expressive and more menacing. Raphael wanted it made perfectly clear that the episodes portrayed are turning points in the history of mankind.