In the history of art, only the most revered masters tend to be called by their first names. The Renaissance painter and architect Rafael Sanzio (1483-1520) is one of them. The man we know simply as Raphael has been hailed for centuries as a sublime Renaissance artist . Some even consider him superior to his peers, equally famous and also known by their first names, Leonardo and Michelangelo.
Between 1500 and 1508, Raphael worked throughout central Italy, most notably in Florence , where he established his reputation as a painter of portraits and Madonnas of great beauty, archetypal icons associated with the Catholic faith. In 1508, Pope Julius II called him to Rome, where he would later embark on an ambitious mural painting for the Vatican's Stanza della Segnatura. The School of Athens, Raphael's work inside this room, is considered a paradigm of the High Renaissance, a work that fuses classical philosophy with perfect spatial perspective, animated figures, and masterfully balanced composition.
This essential introduction examines how, in just two decades of artistic career, Raphael achieved a greatness of legendary dimensions . With outstanding works from his prolific production, this book reflects the mastery of figures and forms that earned him a prominent place not only in the trinity of Renaissance eminences along with Michelangelo and Leonardo, but also among the most valued artists of all the times.
Author: Christof Thoenes Binding: Hardcover Format: 21 x 26 cm Pages: 96 Spanish Language