Raphael Sanzio

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Raphael Sanzio

Raphael was one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance. Raphael painted and designed many brilliant pieces of work and the stanzas inside the Vatican. He was a master at such necessities of modern art such as depth and perspective and the use of light and shadow, and was the turning point styles of paintings like the use of Madonnas in paintings. Through his short life, Raphael would make some of the most awe-inspiring, beautiful, and influential works of art during the Italian Renaissance.

Raphael whose full name was Raphael Sanzio, (also known as Raphael Sanzi), was born on April 6th, 1483. He was born in the town of Urbino, Italy, where he would spend his childhood life until he was 11 years old. His father, Giovanni Sanzio, was a painter for the court of Federigo da Montefeltro, and as well as being a painter, he was a bit of a poet. As a young boy, Raphael learned the basics of painting and art from his father. However, he would not live with his father very long; as his mother did several years before, Raphael's father died when Raphael was 11.

After his father died, Raphael went to the town of Perugia to be an apprentice of the painter Pietro Perugino. Perugino was a well-respected artist during the Italian Renaissance. He had painted works in the Vatican, and he also created masterpieces like Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter and The Deposition. For the ten to eleven years that Raphael studied and assisted Perugino, Raphael picked the habit of shade and light, and with Perugino, Raphael learned what he is very famous for: depth and perspective. After Perugino's training, Raphael would eventually become a better artist than Perugino himself. However, even with Perug...

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... He was not only a brilliant painter as I have described, but also a good person who was well liked by many people. The Vatican liked Raphael so much that, before he died, there was talk about Raphael being made a cardinal. Raphael Stanzio died on his birthday, April 6th, 1520 at the age of 37. RAfcbvdb RASuch works of his like The School of Athens and The Marriage of the Virgin are some of the most famous pieces created during the Italian Renaissance. On Raphael's tomb, Cardinal Bembo, a great scholar of the time, wrote: "This is Raphael's tomb, where he lived he made Mother Nature Fear to be vanquished by him and, as he died, to die too."

"This is Raphael's tomb, where he lived he made Mother Nature

Fear to be vanquished by him and, as he died, to die too."

(Perry, p.334)

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