Raphael

Italian painter of the High Renaissance

Biography

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael was born on March 28, 1483 in Marche, Italy and died on April 6, 1520 in Rome. He was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance.

Biography Cont...

His mother died in 1491 when he was eight years old, and then his father died three years later in 1494. He was then put into a foster home at age 11, growing up without parents and siblings. He helped at his fathers workshop and managed it at a early age and then of course became an architect and painter.

Contribution

Like I said before Raphael was a well respected painter and architect during the High Renaissance. Some pieces of work that he did during the time of the High Renaissance was the painting of the "School of Athens" and the painting "The Entombment".

School of Athens
The Entombment

Impact

Raphael was a huge part of the High Renaissance and is still well known and highly respected to this day for the work he did. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period. Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop, and despite his death at 37, a large body of his work remains. And just the fact that he completed so much in so little time and that we still admire his work tells a lot about him.

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