|Probable self-portrait drawing by Raphael in his teens|
|Saint George and the Dragon, a small work early work|
|Giovanni Santi, Raphael's father; Christ supported by two angels, c.1490|
In 1504 he moved to Florence and in 1508 he moved to Rome, where he soon attracted the attention of the Pope and nobility of the city. From 1508 to 1511, he created on of the most famous works of the Renaissance, "The School of Athens, " for the pope.
|The School of Athens|
The School of Athens (Italian: Scuola di Atene) is one of the most famous frescoes in Renaissance art. It was painted between 1509 and 1511 as a part of Raphael's commission to decorate the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and "The School of Athens," representing Philosophy, was probably the second painting to be finished there, after La Disputa(Theology) on the opposite wall, and the Parnassus (Literature). The picture has long been seen as "Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the Renaissance. (Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_School_of_Athens)
|Presumed portrait age 33 (wikipedia)|
|Red chalk study for the Villa Farnesina Three Graces|
|Sistine Madonna (1512). One of the most famous paintings of the Madonna ever made.|
|La Fornarina, Raphael's mistress|
Her left hand rests between her thighs, the fingers splayed out and outlined by the deep, bloody-red of her discarded gown. On her left arm there is a narrow leather band on which is the name of the artist – RAPHAEL URBINAS. On the third finger of her left hand she appears to be wearing a ruby wedding band. The presence of a ring was only discovered in the early part of the twenty-first century when the painting underwent some X-Ray analysis during restoration and cleaning work and which has occasioned volumes of discussion. Whether or not the painting was of Raphael's mistress or of the mistress of his patron Agostino Chigi is also controversial.
|Raphael's tomb in the Pantheon. The Madonna is by Lorenzetto.|
After his death, the influence of his celebrated 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.
While his reputation has risen and fallen with the tides of artistic taste, for those who like a certain type of Renaissance religious art, his work has never gone out of fashion.
Complete Works: http://www.raphaelsanzio.org
The Met: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/artist/raphael-raffaello-sanzio-or-santi/
Architecture in Renaissance Italy http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/itar/hd_itar.htm
Leonardo da Vinci: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/leon/hd_leon.htm
Renaissance Drawings: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/drwg/hd_drwg.htm