Raphael Sanzio

Biography

Raphael was born on April 6, 1483 in Urbino Italy. He spent most of his life where he grew up, but he traveled all around Italy. Raphael trained by working hard for a man named Pietro Perugino because his father made him due to the death of his mother. Raphael was an Italian painter and architect of the high renaissance. He formed a group with Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to create the trinity of great masters. He died at 37 and he made religious paintings. Raphael crated paintings such as the Transfiguration of Christ and architecture such as the Chigi Chapel. His patrons were Pope Julius II and the Medici Pope Leo X.


The Works

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Transfiguration of Christ

This piece of art by Raphael is known as the Transfiguration of Christ. It was created between 1516 and 1520. The reason it took so long is because Raphael died finishing it and someone else finished it for him. It is located today in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It was a painting about Jesus and how he was important to his people. Catholicism was frowned upon and people would be killed for it. I think this piece is very interesting because I am Catholic and I also think its cool because you can't tell whether the people are afraid of him or sad that he's leaving. It seems like a very questionable piece. I think this painting falls under the category of skepticism because it looks like the people are shocked at the sight of Jesus to the point where they don't believe it and are questioning whether it is real or not. The people are in disbelief as they point to and bow down to Jesus Christ.