Raphael biography

Raphael

Painting, Visual Artist

1483 – 1520

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Who was Raphael?

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known simply as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.

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Born
1483
Urbino
Also known as
  • Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino
Parents
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • Italy
Profession
Lived in
  • Urbino
  • Rome
Died
Apr 6, 1520
Rome

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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