Painter & Pimp

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Painter & Pimp: Raphael Master Of LOVE.

“Such was this beauty that Raphael was compelled to paint it in order to temper the passion that devoured him. Only by composing it and recreating it on the panel, in the evening, after making love in his palace, could he entertain the illusion of controlling the fire that consumed him. The woman’s sensuality is so evident, so irresistible that it goes without saying that the artist must have experienced such vertiginous sensations, fully and hopelessly, in order to be able to capture it in paint.”