A brief overview of his career, with some of his finest paintings, and links to more detailed accounts.
An architect, a sculptor and painter, and a young painter. Add a Pope who wants to be remembered, and this is what happens.
Claimed to have had a constellation of major artists paint for her, what is the truth?What impact did she have on the Renaissance?
Eight large frescoes in a style which assimilated what Raphael saw in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and an arch of sibyls.
During this period spent mainly in Florence, he learned from the innovations of Leonardo da Vinci, who was there at the same time. Raphael’s own style emerges.
Some of his earliest independent paintings, including two wonderful pairs based on legend and contemporary literature.
At the time, Raphael was recognised as one of the most important artists in the whole Renaissance. Here’s his starting point, set by Giorgione, Perugino and others.
It’s sometimes hard to read a painting without understanding an inscription. Masaccio, Rossetti, Moreau, Corinth and Botticelli gives us some clues.
His pupils, and the pupils of those artists, included Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Perugino, Ghirlandaio, and di Credi.
From 1450-1650, paintings of ‘Christian sibyls’ who foretold the birth of Christ, became important motifs for painting. Here’s a selection.