Renaissance Painter | Raphael Sanzio
Renaissance painter, Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), was born
in Urbino to Giovanni Sanzio, a poet and painter in the court
of Guidobaldo Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. With his father's connections, Raphael
Sanzio would have spent his early life in or near the Urbino
court where he would have learned much about courtly life,
power and influence.
Self Portrait, Raphael
1506. Oil on wood, 45 x 33 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
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Renaissance art historian,
Giorgio Vasari, reports that Raphael Sanzio was placed at a
young age in the workshop of renowned Italian Renaissance
painter, Pietro Perugino. Vasari’s
account, however, cannot be substantiated. Due to early stylistic similarities, it
seems likely though that Raphael Sanzio was at least acquainted
with Perugino’s work. Vasari says that Raphael Sanzio was
attracted to Florence as a young adult so that he could learn
from Italian Renaissance painters Leonardo da Vinci and
Buonarrati who had already achieved great
Raphael Sanzio eventually traveled to Rome where he accepted
a commission in 1511 to join a team of Italian Renaissance
painters to decorate the private library and papal apartmentin
the Vatican Palace for Pope Julius II, a great military leader
and art patron. It is uncertain how he obtained such a
prestigious commission, but it is believed that Raphael Sanzio
may have been recommended by his cousin, Donato Bramante, famed
Italian Renaissance architect. Raphael Sanzio eventually took
over the decoration of all the papal apartments and made
history with his meteoric rise to fame.
So revered was Italian Renaissance painter, Raphael Sanzio,
that he earned the sobriquet “Prince of Painters.” He died in
1520 at the age of 37 and was buried in the
Brenda Harness, Art
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