The High Renaissance







(b Urbino, 28 March or 6 April 1483; d Rome, 6 April 1520).

Italian painter, draughtsman and architect. He has always been acknowledged as one of the greatest European artists. With Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Titian, he was one of the most famous painters working in Italy in the period from 1500 to 1520, often identified as the High Renaissance, and in this period he was perhaps the most important figure. His early altarpieces (of 1500–07) were made for Citta di Castello and Perugia; in Florence between 1504 and 1508 he created some of his finest portraits and a series of devotional paintings of the Holy Family. In 1508 he moved to Rome, where he decorated in fresco the Stanze of the papal apartments in the Vatican Palace—perhaps his most celebrated works—as well as executing smaller paintings in oil (including portraits) and a series of major altarpieces, some of which were sent from Rome to other centres. In Rome, Raphael came to run a large workshop. He also diversified, working as an architect and designer of prints.





Madonna and Child

c. 1503
Oil on wood, 55 x 40 cm
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena



Angel (fragment of the Baronci Altarpiece)

Oil on wood, 31 x 27 cm
Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia


Portrait of a Man

c. 1502
Oil on wood, 45 x 31 cm
Galleria Borghese, Rome


Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Tempera and gold on wood, 172,4 x 172,4 cm (main panel)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Portrait of Pietro Bembo

c. 1504
Oil on wood, 54 x 69 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


Spozalizio (The Engagement of Virgin Mary)

Oil on roundheaded panel, 170 x 117 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan


Oil on roundheaded panel
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

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