"Original in Pitti Palace, Florence. The frame of this picture is an exact copy of the frame of the original picture. " Raphael Santi was born at Urbino, Italy, 1483. Pupil, at first, of his father; later of Luca Signorelli and Timotco Viti, and finally of Perugino, at Perugia. It would be impossible to refer even to the important events in Raphael's life in the space at command; it is sufficient to say that he was the greatest painter of his time, and many consider that the world has produced no other artist equal to him. He was not only a good artist, but a highly cultured man, and made friends everywhere. Vasari writes; 'nature having been conquered by art through the hand of Michael Angelo, was in Raphael conquered by art and manners together.' Raphael died in 1520, and was buried in the Pantheon of Agrippa, in Rome. " the Madonna Della Sedia is one of the principal works of Raphael. Springer thus writes of it: 'in this picture, Raphael returns to the early and simple subjects of representation, breathing nothing but serene happiness; which gladden the artist and charm th beholder; which say little, and yet possess such deep significance. . . . at least fifty have tried their skill upon the Madonna Della Sedia, and photographic copies have been disseminated by thousands. No other picture by Raphael is so popular, no other work of modern art so well known." [P. 29; ellipses appear.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.