Thursday, May 21, 2009

Story of an Artist

Raffaelo Sanzio, although he is more commonly known by just his first name, was one of the great artists of the Renaissance era along with Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo. He studied in Perusia under Perugino for four years. In his early works his style reflected his educated at the Perugino School but in his later works, he developed his own style which was influenced greatly by both Leonardo and Michelangelo. His most famous works include The School of Athens, which is currently displayed in the Vatican Museum, The Triumph of Galatea, and Sistine Madonna. The work that established Raphael as a prominent artist in Rome was his work in the Vatican. Pope Julius II asked Raphael to redecorate the four rooms of his private apartments. So Raphael and his students began the work in 1508 but Raphael died before it was all completed. The frescoes show the religious and philosophical ideals of the Renaissance. The four rooms are the Hall of Constantine, the Room of Heliodorus, the Room of the Segnatura, and the Room of The Fire in the Borgo. Raphael's contribution to the High Renaissance was his ability to not only depict the scene of an event but to decipher the subject.

The Dispute over the Holy Sacrament from Room of the Segnatura

*Additional Information taken from "Raphael." Mark Harden's Artchive. 21 May 2009 and Publishing, DK. Rome (Eyewitness Travel Guides). New York: DK Travel, 2003.*Images taken from and

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