By Nick Leahy

Biography of Raphael

Raphael was born on April 6, 1483 in Urbino, Italy. Raphael spent the majority of his life in Urbino, Italy and that is where he learned his technique in art. Raphael was trained at a workshop by a man named Perugino and also learned his painting style by observing the paintings made by Piero della Francesca. Raphael learned architecture by observing the Ducal Palace thatis located in Urbino. During Raphael's life, he made many paintings and also had some architectural success. Some of Raphael's famous paintings are the Entombment, the School of Athens, and the Expulsion of Heliodorus. Because Raphael had fantastic pieces of work, he had very famous patrons. They were Pope Julius II and Pope Leo X.

The School of Athens

The School of Athens is the most famous painting that Raphael has created. The School of Athens was made during the years 1509 and 1510. Right now it is currently placed in the Pope's Palace in the Vatican City. This shows how famous and important this piece of work is. This piece was extremely important for Raphael's painting career because it is where he reaches complete, independent artistic maturity. This painting clearly shows humanism. In the painting, Plato and Aristotle, two well-known philosophers in the ancient world, are created in the painting. Both of these philosophers were huge supporters of humanism. Their gestures in the painting reflect on their different views.

School of Athens

Works Cited

"Raphael." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web.

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Sanzio, Raffaello. School of Athens. 1512. Vatican City.