Madonna of the Chair

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The Pastor’s study contains “The Madonna of the Chair” by Raphael. The artist searched for a model when one day he saw a seated peasant woman holding a boy in her lap. He sketched the picture with a pencil on a barrel head. Sanzio Raphael (1483-1520), at the age of 25, was commissioned to design and paint large frescoes on some of the Vatican halls. Twelve years later, after painting 52 scenes, he became ill and dies. “The Madonna of the chair” hangs in the Pitti Palace in Florence The window is in memory of Dr. Armstrong Bennett Dill and was given by his grandson, George Matthew Dill Geselbracht.