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Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520), later known commonly as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. Along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he was considered one of the great masters of the time.

Biography[]

Renaissance paintings[]

In the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the renowned artist Raphael engaged in a prolific period of painting. In December 1500, Raphael, along with Evangelista da Pian di Meleto, received a commission to paint an altarpiece dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, signaling the commencement of his significant contributions to Renaissance art. Around 1499-1502, he depicted the Resurrection of Christ, showcasing his early mastery. In 1501, Raphael painted St. Sebastian, capturing the saint's martyrdom with artistic finesse. By 1502, Raphael crafted the Mond Crucifixion, revealing his evolving skills in religious subjects. In 1503, he painted the Vision of a Knight, exhibiting a blend of narrative and artistic imagination. Around c. 1500-1504, Raphael painted the Madonna Solly, contributing to his diverse body of work. In 1504, Raphael produced the Marriage of the Virgin, a pivotal work in his career. In the same period, he painted a self-portrait, providing a glimpse into the artist's self-perception. Following this, he painted the Portrait of Pietro Bembo, showcasing his prowess in portraiture. Around 1504-1505, he painted St. George, showcasing his skill in portraying heroic subjects. Continuing his religious themes, in 1505, Raphael created St. Michael, emphasizing divine intervention. In the same year, he depicted the Young Man with an Apple, showcasing his ability to infuse symbolism into portraiture. Between 1505 and 1506, Raphael painted the Christ Blessing, capturing a profound religious moment. In the same period, around 1505-1506, he painted the Madonna del Cardellino, a masterpiece featuring the Madonna and Child with a goldfinch.[1]

During the period of time Raphael painted most of his works, the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze bought several of them for his hideout on Tiber Island. Including but not limited; to the two fragments of the Baronci Altarpiece.[2]

Legacy[]

In 2012, Raphael was represented in the Artists mnemonic set in Project Legacy.[3]

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