About the artist
Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. He is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure compositions in the Vatican. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Raphael was greatly influenced by Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. He was born in Urbino, Italy and died in Rome at the age of 37. He was a prolific artist and his work was highly sought after during his lifetime.
Also associated with: Stanza della Segnatura, Transfiguration, School of Athens, Sistine Madonna, St. George and the Dragon, La Fornarina.