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For obvious reasons, the portrait work of Rafael Santi was largely lost, but especially valuable pieces, such as the portrait of a young man, continue to remain under the strict supervision of the world art community, as they are of exceptional artistic value.
The fundamental difference in his works after meeting Leonardo da Vinci is felt in most portraits. Deep psychology endowed with his work of the Roman period. The internal state of the portrayed youth is thoroughly reflected. His deep, curious gaze seeks to encompass everything that his young years give him.
The young man in a red beret humbly folded his hands on a stone table, but his cleverly folded lip fold shows how powerful the young man carries a charge of energy. It is gratifying for the artist himself to portray a young man full of hope and determination for the most risky achievements. The local colors used in his image harmoniously resonate with the bright, juicy color of the surrounding expanse of nature, as unbridled and wide as youth itself.
The balance (both color and structural) of the composition of the portrait does not give rise to doubt in the skill of the artist. The landscape against the backdrop of a young man is harmoniously united by such connecting elements as, for example, a winding path from a river that looks like the mouth of that very river, it seems to “flow” directly from a quiet surface of the water, which at any moment fill the plain with force hiding under the water column.
Rafael Santi realizes in his romantic hero the best that the era of strong rebirth created, in his young but full of interest in the world person, he wrote exceptional ideals of that time, cherished by the artist himself throughout his creative life.
Zinaida Evgenievna Serebryakova Bath