Raphael: the "Divine Painter" with Francesca Barberini

Raphael: the "Divine Painter" with Francesca Barberini

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2020 celebrates the 500 year anniversary of Raphael's death. This seminar will mark this anniversary with an in-depth look into the life and artworks of one of the most exceptional and fascinating artists of the Italian Renaissance. Together, we will explore his art and life during his Roman years. We will discuss his education in Urbino, one of the most sophisticated and intellectual Renaissance time courts, his travels through the main Italian cities, coming in contact with the most well-known artists of the time, and creating his first masterpieces. We will then discuss his arrival in Rome where he finds an unprecedented moment in Italian art history. We will explore his most famous paintings commissioned by unparalleled patrons of art: Pope Julius II Della Rovere, Pope Leo X Medici, and the banker Agostino Chigi.

We'll talk about his painting style: how he expresses the human aspects of his figures, their feelings and their nature, idealizing them and reaching a level of perfect beauty and universal meaning. We'll discuss how his paintings are filled with a sense of harmony and his figures enter a web of relationships in which tensions are reconciled and joined in beautiful compositional unity.

Led by Francesca Barberini, an art historian specialized in Renaissance and Baroque art, this interactive seminar will lead you through a number of Raphael's masterpieces, giving an insight into some of his works still visible in Rome. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of Renaissance art and love for this "Divine painterÌÒ.

Francesca is an art historian with a degree in modern and contemporary art from the Sapienza University of Rome. She specialized in the art and culture of the Baroque period and in decorative arts, subjects on which she has published several essays. Her publications include a book on the Holy Years in Rome in the XVIIth century and a book on cameos engravers in Rome in the XIXth century. She has been a licensed guide since 2001 and leads itineraries all over Rome, a city she truly loves. She is also an official guide of the Vatican Museums and Vatican City.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.