A chance to explore the life and work of one of the world’s greatest artists, and look at his influence on artists across the centuries.
Since his death in 1520, Raphael has been considered as one of the most important painters of the Western World. In this day we’ll explore the reasons why his art was so important and ask how it was different from that of his contemporaries. We’ll also look at the cities of Urbino, Florence and Rome and meet some of the most dramatic figures of the Renaissance Papacy. Lauded as a celebrity during his life, Raphael achieved further greatness in death – becoming the exemplar by which all artists were judged right up until the early twentieth century. We’ll look at his influence on artists from Velasquez, to Picasso and beyond.