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An unprecedented Exhibition in Rome on Raphael in 2020

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 30.12.2019, 10:46 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (March 28 or April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520) , known as Raphael, together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, forms the traditional trinity of great masters of High Renaissance. He was painter and architect and his masterpieces are admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.

An unprecedented Exhibition in Rome on Raphael will crown global celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the death of the genius from Urbino who died on April 6, 1520 at the age of just 37. The exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome from March 5 until June 2, 2020 will be the biggest ever monographic exhibition on the Renaissance master, featuring over 200 masterpieces including paintings and sketches as well as comparison works. The exhibition, entitled simply Raphael, is the culmination of a programme approved by a committee appointed by Culture Minister Dario Franceschini and chaired by art historian Antonio Paolucci, former head of Florence's museums and the Vatican Museums.

Raphael was enormously productive, running a large workshop and, despite his early death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome, much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.

After his death, the influence of his great rival Michelangelo was more widespread until the 18th and 19th centuries, when Raphael's more serene and harmonious qualities were again regarded as the highest models. His career falls naturally into three phases and three styles, first described by Giorgio Vasari: his early years in Umbria, then a period of about four years (1504–1508) absorbing the artistic traditions of Florence, followed by his last gorgeous twelve years in Rome, working for two Popes and their close associates. The works to be shown in the Scuderie del Quirinale, one of Rome's premier exhibition spaces, located in the former stables of the presidential Quirinale palace have never been gathered in the same place.

Florence's Uffizi Gallery is sending over 40 works by Raphael. Others contributing are the Louvre in Paris, London's National Gallery and the Prado in Madrid.The exhibition will include the Madonna del Granduca probably painted in 1505, shortly after Raphael had arrived in Florence. The influence of Leonardo da Vinci, whose works he got to know there, can be seen in the use of sfumato. The painting belonged to Ferdinand III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, from whom it got its name. Other masterpieces in the exhibition are: Woman with a Veil from the Uffizi; the Portrait of Baldassarre Castiglione and Self-Portrait with Friend from the Louvre and the Madonna of the Rose from the Prado.

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