The Complete Paintings of Raphael

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Pierluigi De Vecchi
Penguin, 1987 - Painters - 128 pages
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Raphael was, with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, one of the three masters of the High Renaissance. He was also the youngest and died prematurely after a life of incredible creativity and accomplishment. The son of a painter, Giovanni Santi, his actual name was Raffaello Santi of Sanzio. He was trained in Florence but spent most of his short life in Rome. There he created his major works, famous for the harmony and elegance of their design. Above all, there are the frescoes for the papal apartments in the Vatican (The Stanze), which he painted at exactly the time Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel (1508--12); among them are such masterpieces as the School of Athens and the Disputa. His oil painting, the Sistine Madonna, is justly famous. Raphael---in the Renaissance manner---was also an accomplished architect and, in his last years, architect-in-chief of St. Peter's.

Pierluigi De Vecchi is professor of iconography and iconology at the University of Milan. His most recent publication is Botticelli (Skira 2003).
Giandomenico Romanelli is director of the Musei Veneziani.
Claudio Strinati is chief curator of the Polo Museale Romano.

Richard Cocke has recently retired from his position as Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Dean of the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He has published widely on the western tradition of painting and drawing, specialising in the Venetian Renaissance. He was a member of the advisory committee for the Veronese exhibition in the National Gallery, Washington and has acted as independent adviser to the Review Committee on the export of works of art and for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the cleaning and restoration of their Resurrection by Paolo Veronese. His major publications include: The Drawings of Raphael, (Paul Hamlyn, 1969), Pier Francesco Mola, (Clarendon Press, 1972), Veronese, ( Jupiter books, 1980), Veronese's Drawings; a Catalogue Raisonne, (Sotheby Publications), From Magic to High Fashion: The Classical Tradition and the Renaissance of Roman Patronage 1420--1600, (Mill Hill Publications), Paolo Veronese - Piety and Display in an Age of Religious Reform, (Ashgate Publishing).

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