Who is Raphael?

The Vatican City is celebrated for possessing some of the most priceless art pieces on earth. With Italian masters depicting unique pieces that have gone done in history as some of the best pieces of all time. One noteworthy master was Raphael, famous for his skill and grace in painting, drawing, and architecture. But who is Raphael?

Early Life of Raphael

Raphael was born in Urbino, Italy, on April the 6th, 1483. His full name is Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino but is famously known as just Raphael. His father, Giovanni Santi, was a court painter, and first introduced Raphael to the art of painting, as well as the social skills and literature that enabled him to rise into higher societies-which aided in him to gain commissions.

Career of Raphael

Raphael was known as a more refined painter and person, compared to his peers such as Michelangelo. Where Michelangelo’s brusqueness caused issues, Raphael was known to glide through higher circles of court society easily. Although he was not known to have the same inventive intellect as Michelangelo, his painting was more refined and graceful, blending the classical style with influences on the contemporary chic of that time. His most well-known paintings go down in history books as some of the best masterpieces within the Renaissance era. He is known as one of the three great masters of the Renaissance era, with the other masters being Michelangelo as well as Leonardo da Vinci.

The Raphael’s Rooms

Raphael has an array of masterpieces famous throughout the world. With unique pieces splattered on the ceilings and inner walls of famous buildings, not just framed and hung. One of the most noteworthy masterpieces is Raphael’s Rooms, lying within the Palace of the Vatican. The four rooms were designed by Raphael, depicting staggering frescos in each room, painted by masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Raphael himself. The Rooms consist of the room of Constantine, Heliodorus, Segnatura, Fire in the Borgo-known as the Stanze of Raphael. He was commissioned to decorate the private rooms of Pope Julius II when he was relatively young and unknown, only a mere 25 years old. The project occupied the majority of Raphael’s career and was almost completed by the time of his passing in 1520. Due to this Raphael had many other projects throughout his years and passed this project onto his students’ majority of the time. Only two rooms were fully done by him with the other rooms being a compilation of both his and his student’s artworks.

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