Raphael ~ High Renaissance Artist ~ Art History ~ 142 Slides
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TEXT EXCERPT 1:
~ Raphael was born among artists and the high echelons because his father, Giovanni Santi, was court painter to the Duke of Urbino. He was orphaned by 12, which was not unusual due to short life expectancies.
~ Raphael’s social grace and ease among the high echelons, from being raised at court, helped his career.
~ His first documented work was the Baronci altarpiece for the church of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino in Città di Castello.
~ Raphael led a "nomadic" life, in Northern Italy. A good chunk of that time was spent in Florence, about 1504-08.
~ In 1508, Raphael moved to Rome, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.
~ His first work in Rome was for the Pope’s Library.
~ outstanding art achievement: The frescoed Raphael Rooms in the Vatican Palace.
~ The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura is the most well known work of the Raphael Rooms.
TEXT EXCERPT 2:
~ One can find oneself loving any number of Raphael’s paintings. But then one gets hit by one too many Catholic centered belief paintings. Suddenly he seems bogged down in this religion. It’s interfering with his art.
~ The viewer needs to understand that Raphael’s key patron during his life was the Catholic Church. It wanted these Catholic images. It also was quick to brand anything which deviated from its tenets as heretical. So a painter could risk his life if he were not careful.
~ Artists in every age have found their own ways of getting around the restrictions of their patrons. Raphael did it with the details of his paintings.
~ You could be staring at yet another Birth of the Christ Child and then find yourself mesmerized by the beautiful Madonna. These are portraits which could compete with anyone else’s. They can be cut out from all of these baby Jesus depictions.
~ Raphael never got “too close” to his subect. “Too close” is what the viewer is used to seeing in today’s imagery. We get “too close” in this presentation by exploring the Details of Raphael’s paintings.