Oil on Panel
This painting reproduces the bottom left corner of Raphael's Transfiguration, depicting St. Matthew. The figure is seated, clasping a book in one hand and gesturing to the viewer in the other. He is dressed in vibrant blue and yellow robes. The painting is faithful to the original in every respect other than the inclusion of what appears as cellophane wrapping, painted over the surface of the image. This has brought jarring white lines and other alterations in tone to the painting. Some of the highlights of the cellophane are painted as hard-edged, white streaks, whilst others blend back into the original image, confusing the distinction between the layers. The white contrasts against the predominantly dark background of the original painting.