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Raphael : A Master in the Making Sian Walters Tuesday 04 February 2020

2020 marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death. Raphael is often referred to as one of the three giants of the High Renaissance in Italy, along side Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Yet his fame and position in the canon of art history may seem hard to explain. He made no discoveries like those of his celebrated rivals in the fields of anatomy, science and construction. Furthermore his career was short-lived as he died tragically young aged 37. Yet in this short time Raphael managed to become a leading artist at the court of Italy's most important patron, Pope Julius II, for whom he created some of the most sublime frescos of the early 16th Century. This lecture explores Rapael's extradionary rise in status.

Sian Walters

Sian studied at Cambridge University, and has lived in Fance and Italy where she worked at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice. She is a lecturer at The National Gallery and The Wallace Collection and specialises in 15th and 16th Century Italian painting, Spanish art and architecture and the relantionship between dance and art.