Portrait of Raffaello Sanzio Raphael

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1483-1520

Italian High Renaissance Painter

Raphael or Raffaello (Urbino, Italy, April 6, 1483 - Rome, April 6, 1520) was a master painter and architect of the Florentine school in the Italian High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and softness of his paintings. He was also called Raffaello Sanzio, Raffaello Santi, Raffaello de Urbino or Rafael Sanzio de Urbino.
Biography
Raphael was born the son of Giovanni Santi and Màgia di Battista Ciarla, who died in 1491. His father was a poet and a painter for the court of Mantua, and at the time of Raphael's birth, he was the head of a well known studio in Urbino. Giovanni instructed his son in painting and introduced him to the humanist court of Urbino, which at the end of the 15th century, was one of the most active cultural centres in Italy under the rule of Federico da Montefeltro, who had died seven months before Raphael's birth. There, Raphael could have encountered the works of Paolo Uccello, Luca Signorelli, and Melozzo da Forlì. Raphael showed an early talent, and by age 17, 1500, he was defined a "master".
In his biography of Raphael, Giorgio Vasari maintains that Raphael's father took the 11-year-old Raphael to Perugia to be apprenticed to Pietro Perugino. This is disputed by some authorities, although it is generally agreed that Raphael was in the Umbrian city from 1492, the year after his father died.
The first documented work by Raphael is an altarpiece for the church of San Nicola da Tolentino in Città di Castello, a town midway between Perugia and Urbino. The piece was commissioned in 1500 and completed in 1501. It was damaged by an earthquake in 1789, and today only fragments remain in the Pinacoteca Tosio Martenigo of Brescia.
Another important early commission was the Crowning of the Virgin for the Oddi Chapel in the church of San Francesco in Perugia. Raphael, probably as a member of Perugino's workshop, also worked on the frescoes of Collegio del Cambio.
The Marriage of the Virgin (1504) is the main work of this period, inspired by Perugino's Giving of the Keys to St. Peter of 1481-1482. Shortly after which he completed three small paintings, Vision of a Knight, Three Graces and St. Michael all showing the great maturity and freshness typical of his style.
In 1504 Raphael moved to Siena with the painter Pinturicchio, whom he had supplied with designs and drawings for the frescoes in the Libreria Piccolomini in Siena; and then to Florence, led by the more reasonable rule of gonfaloniere Pier Soderini after the excesses of Savonarola's years, and where two great masters, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, were at work. Raphael's presence in Florence from autumn 1504 on is confirmed. There he lived for the following four years, even though he may have travelled to Perugia, Urbino and maybe Rome. In 1507 he was commissioned by a Perugian noblewoman to paint the notable Deposition (Galleria Borghese, Rome).
In Florence, Raphael befriended several local painters, notably Fra Bartolomeo, a proponent of the idealistic principles of the High Renaissance; the influence of the latter pushed him to abandon the thin and graceful style of Perugino and embrace more grandiose and powerful forms. However, the strongest influence on Raphael's works of the Florentine period came from Leonardo da Vinci's compositions, figure placements and gestures, as well as the innovative techniques, (chiaroscuro and sfumato).
Toward the end of 1508, Pope Julius II, advised by Raphael's townsman Donato Bramante, commissioned his services in Rome. At that time Raphael was a 25 year old painter still forging his style; soon, however, he gained popular fame and the favor of the Pope. He was earning the nickname of "prince of painters." In the following 12 years Raphael never left what became his second mother country, working mainly for Julius and his successor Pope Leo X (son of Lorenzo de Medici) and painting a series of masterpieces. He became the most sought-after artist in the city.
At the end of 1508 he began decorating the apartments of Julius in the Vatican, which, in the pope's vision, were intended to glorify the Roman Church's power through the justification of humanism and neoplatonism. The best known of these frescoes are the Signature Room (Stanza della Segnatura), completed in 1511, with the famous Disputa and The School of Athens. Raphael continued to work on the rooms until 1513, under the reign of Leo X, but left the last sections almost entirely to his pupils. In the meantime he worked on other tasks, such as secular and sacred decorations for various buildings, portraits, altarpieces, cartoons for tapestries, designs for dishes and stage sceneries.
Some of the most renowned works of this period stem from his friendship with the rich Senese banker Agostino Chigi, who commissioned his beautiful fresco of Galatea in his Villa Farnesina and the Sibyls in the church of Santa Maria della Pace, along with the design and the decoration of the Chigi Chapel in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo (1513). This first architectural work earned Raphael the seat of architect of the new Saint Peter's Basilica (the construction of which began in 1506), left vacant by Bramante's death in 1514. Raphael changed the plan of the work from a Greek to a longitudinal design, but the project was again modified after his death. Two years later he drew the lines of the important Villa Madama in Rome. In 1515 he was also named as a sort of supervisor for Roman archaeology research, drawing up an archaeological map of the city.
Raphael’s prestige gave his works a role in the creation and strengthening of political alliances, as in the cases of the works now in the Louvre, which were sent to the French court, and in the Portrait of Lorenzo de Medici for the Florentine party.
Raphael never married, even though in 1514 he was betrothed to Maria Bibbiena, niece of a cardinal, but the engagement was ended by her premature death. According to legend his greatest love was one "Fornarina" ("the little baker"), but her existence is unconfirmed. According to Vasari, Raphael's premature death was due to the "excesses of love".
In his last years (1518-1520) the intervention of the workshop in Raphael’s works became more significant, as can been seen in works like Sicilia’s Spasimo for a church of Palermo and the Visitation now housed in the Prado of Madrid. Also, the decoration of the Constantine’s Room in the Vatican was executed entirely by his pupils based on the master’s drawings. His last autograph pictures are the Double portrait of the Louvre, the small but monumental Ezechiel's Vision and the Transfiguration.
Raphael's sudden death in Rome on his 37th birthday (reportedly just weeks before Leo was to invest him as a cardinal) was deeply lamented by all who recognized his greatness. His body lay in state in one of the rooms which demonstrated his genius, and he was honoured with a public funeral. The Transfiguration was carried before him in the funeral procession.
The unrelenting hand of death, says his biographer, set a limit on his achievement, and deprived the world of further benefit from his talents, when he had only attained an age at which most other men are but beginning to be useful. "We see him in his cradle (said Fuseli); we hear him stammer; but propriety rocked the cradle, and character formed his lips." - from The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, 1827
He was interred in the Pantheon, Italy's most honoured burial place.

111 Raphael Paintings

Madonna of Belvedere (Madonna del Prato), c.1505/06 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Madonna of Belvedere (Madonna del Prato) c.1505/06

Oil Painting
$1859
Canvas Print
$57.39
SKU: RSA-2055
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 113 x 88.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

La Belle Jardiniere, c.1507/08 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

La Belle Jardiniere c.1507/08

Oil Painting
$2170
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-2056
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 122 x 80 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Madonna of the Goldfinch (Madonna del Cardellino), c.1506 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Madonna of the Goldfinch (Madonna del Cardellino) c.1506

Oil Painting
$2147
Canvas Print
$53.19
SKU: RSA-2057
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 107 x 77 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

Portrait of a Man, c.1502/04 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Man c.1502/04

Oil Painting
$1334
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-4250
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 47 x 37 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, Austria

School of Athens, c.1510/11 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

School of Athens c.1510/11

Oil Painting
$9883
Canvas Print
$52.92
SKU: RSA-5563
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 547 x 770 cm
Pinacoteca, Vatican, Vatican City

The Three Graces, c.1504/05 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Three Graces c.1504/05

Oil Painting
$1059
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-8483
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 17.8 x 17.6 cm
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Angels (detail from The Triumph of Galatea), c.1511 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Angels (detail from The Triumph of Galatea) c.1511

Oil Painting
$2102
SKU: RSA-9404
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: unknown
Villa Farnesina, Rome, Italy

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c.1507 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Saint Catherine of Alexandria c.1507

Oil Painting
$1414
Canvas Print
$70.26
SKU: RSA-11279
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 72.2 x 55.7 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Madonna of the Pinks (La Madonna dei Garofani), c.1506/07 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Madonna of the Pinks (La Madonna dei Garofani) c.1506/07

Oil Painting
$1526
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11280
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 27.9 x 22.4 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Garvagh Madonna, c.1509/10 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Garvagh Madonna c.1509/10

Oil Painting
$1568
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11281
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 38.9 x 32.9 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Ansidei Madonna, 1505 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Ansidei Madonna 1505

Oil Painting
$3143
Canvas Print
$83.86
SKU: RSA-11282
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 216.8 x 147.6 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

An Allegory (Vision of a Knight), c.1504 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

An Allegory (Vision of a Knight) c.1504

Oil Painting
$1355
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11283
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 17.1 x 17.3 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Pope Julius II, 1511 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Pope Julius II 1511

Oil Painting
$1539
Canvas Print
$67.40
SKU: RSA-11284
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 108.7 x 81 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Mond Crucifixion, c.1502/03 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Mond Crucifixion c.1502/03

Oil Painting
$5445
Canvas Print
$74.08
SKU: RSA-11285
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 283.3 x 167.3 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Saint John the Baptist Preaching, 1505 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Saint John the Baptist Preaching 1505

Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11286
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 26.2 x 52 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Procession to Calvary, c.1504/05 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Procession to Calvary c.1504/05

Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11287
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 24.4 x 85.5 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Madonna and Child (The Mackintosh Madonna), c.1509/11 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Madonna and Child (The Mackintosh Madonna) c.1509/11

Oil Painting
$1355
Canvas Print
$60.64
SKU: RSA-11288
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 78.8 x 64.2 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Madonna and Child, n.d. by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Madonna and Child n.d.

Oil Painting
$1750
Canvas Print
$86.83
SKU: RSA-11289
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 87 x 61.3 cm
National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Deposition, 1507 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

The Deposition 1507

Oil Painting
$7490
Canvas Print
$71.87
SKU: RSA-11290
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 184 x 176 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy

La Donna Gravida (The Pregnant Woman), c.1505/07 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

La Donna Gravida (The Pregnant Woman) c.1505/07

Oil Painting
$1383
Canvas Print
$84.46
SKU: RSA-11291
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 66 x 52 cm
Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

Madonna Colonna, c.1507/08 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Madonna Colonna c.1507/08

Oil Painting
$1633
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11292
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 52 x 38 cm
Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany

Madonna of the Candelabra, c.1513 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Madonna of the Candelabra c.1513

Oil Painting
$1908
Canvas Print
$72.55
SKU: RSA-11293
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 65.7 x 64 cm
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA

Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, 1508 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Niccolini-Cowper Madonna 1508

Oil Painting
$1657
Canvas Print
$52.38
SKU: RSA-11294
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 80.7 x 57.5 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Portrait of a Man, c.1502 by Raphael | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Man c.1502

Oil Painting
$1080
Canvas Print
$49.12
SKU: RSA-11295
Raffaello Sanzio Raphael
Original Size: 45 x 31 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy

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