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RAPHAEL: A Master in the Making Sian Walters Thursday 20 February 2020

2020 is an important year marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death on 6 April 1520, which will be commemorated by a number of important exhibitions and events worldwide.

Raphael is often referred to as one of the three giants of the High Renaissance in Italy alongside Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.  During his short life (he died aged 37) Raphael progressed from a series of modest initial commissions in and around his home town of Urbino to the covetous position as one of the leading artists at the court of Pope Julius II.  The Pope was one of the most important patrons of the arts in Italy and commissioned some of the most sublime and influential woks of the early 16th century from this young and gifted painter.

This lecture explores how Raphael achieved this extraordinary rise in status, tracing the development of early works under the influence of Perugino and Pinturicchio to encounters with Michelangelo and Leonardo in Florence, and finally an examination of the later masterpieces of painting and drawing created in Rome.

 

About the lecturer:

Sian Walters is an art historian and lectures for the National Gallery, The Arts Society, The Wallace Collection and many other art societies in the UK and Europe.  She was also a lecturer at Surrey University for many years.

Her specialist areas are 15th and 16th Century Italian Art, Spanish Art and Architecture, and the relationship between Dance and Art (she is an honorary advisor to the Nonsuch Historical Dance Society).  Sian studied at Cambridge University where she was awarded a choral exhibition and a 1st for her dissertation on the painting of Arnold Schoenberg.  She has lived in France and Italy where she worked for the eminent Haydn scholar H.C. Robbins Landon and for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.