representative of the high renaissance


Raphael was born in Urbino, Italy and spent 11 years there before his father past away. He moved after this which led to a popular pattern with him. He never really spent more than 5 years anywhere. He was educated most by his father in art and technique, his father was a great painter. He then joined workshop and then started to move around all of Italy. His works were mostly or completely paintings, either it be a portrait or on the wall of the pope's home. Like stated before a big patron of Raphael was indeed the pope Julius II or at least would have been, Pope Leo X takes over.

His Work: School of Athens

It was dated back to around 1510 - 1512 and was made for Pope Julius II in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. The piece showed many great humanist minds and was ironic because it was put right in the Pope's home. It is important in showing individualism when he paints himself in his painting. The piece was also challenging Michelangelo's painting on the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. Also shows perspective with Plato and Aristotle being the center. I find the piece interesting because it brings together a group of the ancient worlds greatest minds all in one painting.
The painting shows many famous figures all in one place. From Plato to Leonardo da Vinci. He made sure to add all the effects he could. He added individualism and perspective to draw in the viewers attention.


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