Research Report on Raphael Santi

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Research Report on Raphael Santi Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino or “Raphael Santi” was a very talented Italian artist whose work was the best depiction of the ethereal harmony and balance of High Renaissance composition. He was born April 6, 1483, in Urbino, Italy and died on April 6, 1520 in Rome at the exact age of 37 from mysterious causes. During his childhood his father, Giovanni Santi, taught Raphael the elements of art. After his father died in 1494, Raphael kept up his workshop for six years before being invited into the workshop of Perugino to further pursue art. His teacher’s inspiration is evident in many of his early works such as The Crucifixion. Later on, he was famously known for his series of "Madonnas." When his fame was spread to Rome, Pope Julius II hired Raphael as his chief architect in 1514. Raphael became an extremely successful artist and architect in accordance with these events. After Raphael marked the finish of his Perugian period with "Madonna and the Saints," his new works were evidently influenced by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Masaccio and especially Fra Bartolomeo. When Raphael was invited to decorate some rooms in the Vatican, he painted a fresco named The School of Athens. The painting shows Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Pythagoras and Euclid—the prominent philosophers of ancient Greece. Furthermore, portraits were a particular interest for Raphael, as he painted many of them. Pope Julius II’s portrait was an exclusive piece of art during that era as it displayed him in a pondering mood from the side. This piece became the model for future portraits of popes. Ultimately, Raphael Santi was a remarkable man whose beautiful creations received the praise they deserved. Bibliography BIOGRAPHY.COM Raphael Biography In-text: (Biography.com) Bibliography: Biography.com,. 'Raphael Biography'. N.p., 2015. Web. 10 July 2015.
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