Art Talk: Raphael
Today's artist highlight from the Italian Renaissance is Raphael Sanzio da Urbino.
School of Athens, 1509/1511
In my previous post Art Talk: NGA Italian Renaissance Tour there were many great artist and paintings showcases from the Italian Renaissance at the National Gallery of Art in Washingon, DC. I would like to discuss more of the life and work of Raphael.
Let's start with the School of Athens and this look at Raphael as he is looking out at the viewer in this fresco in the Vatican in Rome, Italy.
Raphael is indicated with the R on the far right of the painting. Leonardo da Vinci is #14 as Plato as he walks through the center of the fresco with Aristotle and #13 is Michelangelo as Heraclticus.
Born: March 28, or April 6, 1483 in Urbinio
Died: April 6, 1520 in Rome at the age of 37
He was orphaned in 1494 at the age of 11.
He is known for his wit and charm.
He is buried in the Pantheon.
Time in Florence 1504-1508
Raphael spent four years in Florence
During this time he painted Madonna and Child paintings that are in the National Gallery of Art in DC. The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna (1508) and The Small Cowper Madonna (1505).
If you will remember from the tour the other Madonna and Child figures. Here Raphael is bringing a depth to their bodies, the composition and color. My favorite is the interaction of the Christ child with His mother. Instead of Christ portrayed as a little man He is a baby grabbing for his mother.
Years in Rome 1508-1520
Raphael was called to Rome by the new pope, Julius II. This past summer I was able to travel to Italy with my younger brother @jarvie and sister.
We did a tour of the Vatican the frescos in the four "Raphael Rooms"are stunning.
Room of the Segnatura
The highlight in this room is the School of Athens
Close up of School of Athens, 1509/1511
Room of Heliodorus
Deliverance of St. Peter, 1514
Room of the Fire in the Borgo
Fire in the Borgo, 1514
Hall of Constantine
I do not have any pictures from this room, The style is so different from the other rooms that I didn't realize that Rapheal had painted them also.
The ceilings in the Vatican are stunning and Raphel's are no exception. For more on the celings in the Vatican see my post Art Talk: Ceilings in the Vatican
Close up of the ceiling of the Room of the Segnatura
This beautiful tondo was also painted during Raphael's Rome years and is now on display at the National Gallery of Art in DC.
The Alba Madonna, 1510
The Madonna is not on a throne instead out in a field and sitting on the ground. The addition of Jesus cousin John the Baptist who is handing Christ a cross is different then most Madonna and Child paintings All three figures are looking at the cross, as if foreshadowing what is to come.
In his short life Raphael painted over 100 paintings. He was and still is one of the greatest painters of all time.
Art Talk Series Highlights
Art Talk: Introduction
Art Talk: Emotion in Bronze
Art Talk: Moore Across America
Art Talk: Bronze
Art Talk: Moore in America
Art Talk: King and Queen
Art Talk: Art Tells Our Story
Art Talk: Highlight Tour of the MET
Art Talk: The Burghers of Calais
Art Talk: Auguste Rodin
Art Talk: Art in Paris in the 1870s
Art Talk: Guest Blogger, Frankie O'Neill
Art Talk: "Felt is a happy fabric."
Art Talk: Murals in Klamath Falls
Art Talk: Woman with a Parasol- Madame Monet and Her Son
Art Talk: Respect and Compassion
Art Talk: Art Connects Us
Art Talk: My mother's crystal
Art Talk: Mother and Child
Art Talk: Tour of the Galleria dell' Accademia
Art Talk: Walking tour of Florence, Italy
Art Talk: Chihuly at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Art Talk: Vatican tour highlights
Art Talk: Ceilings in the Vatican
Art Talk: Chihuly at Kew Gardens
Art Talk: MET Highlight tour
Art Talk: Japan at the MET
Art Talk: Up Close with French art at the National Gallery of Art in DC
Art Talk: Kelpies
Art Talk: Buying from local artists
Art Talk: Guest Blogger, Joia Doiron
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