Raphael [1483 – 1520]

Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino


was born,

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
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

Sistine Madonna

The Fire in the Borgo

Saint Catherine of Alexandria
The Holy Family with a Lamb

The Coronation of the Virgin

The Agony in the Garden
Portrait of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese
Deliverance of Saint Peter
Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga

The Mass at Bolsena

Portrait of Pope Julius II
Deposition of Christ

The Madonna of the Meadow
The Wedding of the Virgin
La donna velata [The woman with the veil]

The Parnassus
Portrait of Bindo Altoviti
The Mond Crucifixion
Possible Self-portrait with a friend
La Fornarina
Saint George Fighting the Dragon
Portrait of Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino
Giovanni Santi, Raphael’s father; Christ supported by two angels
Madonna of the Pinks
Triumph of Galatea
Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione


❝ 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


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20 replies »

  1. wonderful work there. think my favourite of these must be ‘La donna velata’


  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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