Raphael - Vol. 1

Raphael - Vol. 1

Raphael - Vol. 1

Raphael - Vol. 1

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For those who knew Oskar Fischel it is impossible to think of his life apart from Raphael.

Beginning with a dissertation on Raphael's drawings, he made it his endeavour, with an ever-growing knowledge of Raphael, to arrive at a comprehensive representation, and this he has left behind to us in this book.

It is evidence of ardent and painstaking efforts to solve the great miracle of this artist and at the same time shows clearly the happiness brought by admiration of Raphael into the life of his devoted advocate. What is said in these pages deserves to be carefully studied as a theme very near to the heart of the author. The illustrations gathered together by him over a period of many years were intended, in the selection here provided, to induce the reader to seek out the works of the artist in the original. In an age which follows entirely different paths in its own artistic productions, the author's desire was, in the face of indifference and prejudice, to lead the way to Raphael as the great creator and helper. Of the following that Oskar Fischel gathered round him at Berlin University, many are no longer alive.

As it is now in the English language that the book makes its first appearance, I should like to thank Mr. Bernard Rackham for his faithful work of translation; I have also to thank Dr. Otto Kurz for carefully revising the Catalogue Raisonné of Raphael's works. Acknowledgment is also due to the Publishers, who have brought out the book in so worthy a manner. It is not possible for me to mention by name all those who were associated with the life work of my husband and to whom he felt enduringly grateful.

MARGARETE FISCHEL. London, 27th June, 1946.

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