A tough year for celebrations

“When one is painting one does not think…”


The 500 year Anniversary of the death of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino occurred at Easter this year. Raphael is considered the one of the three core renaissance artists, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo. His key work is forever linked to Rome, where during the last decade of his life he was a favourite of the wealthy elite, the Catholic Church and two Popes. Commissions included architecture, religious art, sculpture and portrait work. His contribution to the design and decoration of St Peter’s Basilica was significant, leading to a bitter rivalry with Michelangelo, who demanded recognition as the building’ sole creator. The Scuderie del Quirinale Centre in Rome had planned a blockbuster exhibition to mark the Raphael anniversary, featuring 200 pieces of the Artists work. Sadly, COVID19 shut it down three days after opening. Like many things at the moment it has moved online. Check out A Walk in the Exhibition on the Scuderie YouTube channel. #alsogooglelaformina #letsmakelemonade

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