Raphael and Rome's 500th Anniversary Exhibit with Sara Magister


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Going backward from the moment of his death to the origins of his talent, as the exhibit on Raphael’s death anniversary does, we will explore and discuss one of the best geniuses of the Italian art ever. An artist who had the capacity to mark his own personality in the same period when Michelangelo and Leonardo were already successful, who died at the age of 37 but who’s fame is still actual today.

"Absolutely one of the best talks I have enjoyed from any online source."

Exploring the deep symbolism of their portraits, we will discuss the important role of his patrons, mainly the popes Leo X and Julius II, whose pressure and commissions gave the artist the chance to challenge his own skills. We will then look at the 100 different projects on which Raphael was working in his late years which demonstrate his skills not only as a painter but as an architect, designer, antiquarian, art consultant, and also manager. We will focus on his touching Madonnas and their deepest religious symbolism, the genre of the altarpieces (of which he revolutionized) and his forever eternal portraits of men and women. We’ll emerge with a deeper understanding as to why his artistic canon and themes are still so engaging for modern audiences.

"The presentation by the expert was interesting, compelling and well-executed."

Led by art historian, professor, and published author Sara Magister, collaborator of the Vatican Museums and specialized on Renaissance and Baroque art, this interactive discussion will unpick a curated selection of Raphael’s works and themes. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this formidable figure and the importance of his works still today.

“Sara's knowledge, enthusiasm and insights are unparalleled.”

Sara is an art historian with doctoral degrees in Medieval and Modern Art History and Classical Antiquities. She is the author of a book, published by the Accademia dei Lincei, on the antiquities collection of Pope Julius II and has written various articles in important scholarly journals on the history of Renaissance and Baroque collections. More recently, she had published a book on some of the most famous paintings of Caravaggio in Rome which introduces a new interpretation of the works, based on philological data, and which is changing the way we look at this artist.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.