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Raphael: Genius of the Renaissance in Rome Jo Walton Tuesday 28 April 2020

Raphael was charming, handsome and polite, which couldn’t be said for all Renaissance polymaths.

He died in Rome on Good Friday 1520, aged only 37.  The Pope, his most prestigious patron, was devastated and earth tremors where felt around the city.  He was buried in the Pantheon – Rome’s most important classical building -.  This was a fitting tribute to an artist who rivalled the greatness of the Ancients.

This lecture looks at his short, but astonishing career, as a painter, architect, administrator and superb draughtsman, considering his lasting influence on subsequent artists.

La Donna Velata, 1515 (Courtesy of The Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence)