Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino
April 6, 1483 [or March 28]
in the small central Italian city Urbino in the Marche region
An enormously productive artist, he was admired for the clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. With Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.
Besides his other accomplishments, Raphael became the most important portraitist in Rome during the first two decades of the 16th century and painter of Madonnas.
He was running an unusually large workshop and, despite his early death at 37, he left an enormous body of work. Raphael was buried in the Pantheon in Rome.
So here’s a glimpse of this master’s work
❝ When one is painting one does not think.❞
Though I have done 2 more posts on Raphael, in this one I have added more paintings and info. Older posts : Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino [Raphael] & Raphael & André Previn
Raphael’s last painting
For more information on Raphael:
Beautiful artwork… This period of painting of the great masters always gets my attention 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤
I wonder how much our civilization has trully progressed since then…
Mine too! ❤🤗❤⚘
An amazing collection, Marina, but there’s something even more fascinating to me about those sketches. Incredible talent. xoxoxo
I love his drawings… fascinating indeed!!!! So glad you enjoyed the journey to this master’s work!
wonderful work there. think my favourite of these must be ‘La donna velata’
I love that one too, but it’s hard to pick!
Another stellar birthday celebration. Marina – you have a way of bringing the art galleries to my place. Truly spectacular. My favourite is the portrait of Pope Julius II. I read that Giorgio Vasari, writing long after Julius’ death, said that “it was so lifelike and true it frightened everyone who saw it, as if it were the living man himself”. Raphael was extraordinary. Many thanks for a wonderful collection of paintings.
Stellar indeed! I’m so happy we’re taking these journeys together! Extraordinary painting. Along with the Woman with veil and Baldassare Castiglione, my favorite too… and I love his drawings! Many hugs your way!
I love Raphael.
With you! (Needless to say!) 😉
His elegance and expertise never grows old
Looking at the clothing of la donna and St. Catherine, you can see what may have inspired impressions and modern art. Such an eye.
Thanks for reminding us of his skill
Never grows old indeed! Pure genius!
Thank you for taking the journey with me!
Like the death of Mozart at 35, the death of Raphael at 37 deprived us of so many masterworks.
It certainly did…
The portraits seem very life-like. There is something disturbing about the paintings of religious figures. I’m not sure what it is, something about the facial expressions, I think.
Yes, I agree, they are. As for the ‘disturbing’ part, I can see what you mean and not just in religious figures.
Thank you. I thought it was just me.
No! Something ‘dark’ about that time… to me.