Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino [Raphael]

Probable self-portrait drawing by Raphael in his teens • black chalk • circa 1499
It is not known whether it was March 28 or April 6, 1483,
that the great Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, was born,
but as I missed the first date,
and to the displeasure of the Pre-Raphaelites,
here is a small tribute to this great master.
Raphael was born in the small but artistically significant central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region.
In his 37 years of life he was enormously productive
How fortunate…
for us! 😉
The School of Athens • frescoc. 1509 and 1511
The Holy Family with a Lamb • oil on panel1507
The Triumph of Galatea • Fresco1511–1513
St. George and the Dragon • Oil on panel • c. 1506
Woman with a veil [La Donna Velata] Oil on canvas • 1516
Study for the Three Graces • Red chalk over stylus • circa 1518
St. Michael slaying the devil (Le Grand Saint Michel) • Oil on canvas transferred from panel • 1518
The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple • Fresco • 1511–1512
The Transfiguration • His last painting • 1518-1520 unfinished
and from a composer born about the same time as Raphael,
we listen to:

O dolce vita mia

Adrian Willaert [c. 1490 – 1562]

The King’s Singers
Nancy Hadden, flute, Erin Headley, viola da gamba, Andrew Lawrence-King, italian harp, Stephen Stubbs, vihuela.


Be Safe 🏡

33 replies »

  1. How wonderful! What a talent he had, and yes, he left us much beauty in 37 short years. I had just begun to get my act together in my 30’s.
    Thank you, Marina, love this post!

  2. I didn’t realize that Raphael lived to be only 37. Mozart didn’t quite make it to 36. There are unfortunately many other creative people who never got to be 40 years old.

    • Sadly that is very true. However, till the 1800s life expectancy was between 30-40! One just wonders what all these masters would have created if they lived longer!

  3. Rapturous rendition of Raphael! Thank you for highlighting even maybe some of what we have seen and know as looking again and again is never enough to appreciate and understand this artist’s heavenly gift. A master of movement and depth – “The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple” – now I must look up Heliodorus to find out why he was flung out so unceremoniously. The musical accompaniment was an added bonus – thank you

  4. The “Father (Master) of Perspective” (Depth of Field) of the Painting World, in my humble opinion.

  5. Happy Birthday Raphael! You continue to inspire centuries after your passing. Thank you Marina for this wonderful collection of art. Your curator talents are so very much appreciated.

    • Aww… I wouldn’t dare compare to your curator talents, my dearest Rebecca! Just wanted to share a glimpse of this extraordinary master painter, work! Indeed he continues to inspire! xoxoxo

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