OT: Late Raphael (II)

Following my previous post HERE, I visited today The Prado. Late Raphael is the first major survey exhibition on Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520) to combine paintings and drawings in order to focus on the last seven years of the life of the artist, who died in Rome on his 37th birthday. This was the period in his career when Raphael produced the work that would have the greatest subsequent impact on European art. Nonetheless, his paintings have not been fully understood due to chronological issues, to their disconcerting diversity and because the artist did not work by himself.

Some of my favourites paintings were: The Holy Family, or The Pearl (Prado Museum), The Holy Family of Francis I (Louvre Museum), the Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (Louvre Museum) and The Cardinal (Prado Museum). The last one was not included in the exhibition.

To make this day an Italian event, I’m reading The Scent of the Night by Andrea Camilleri. Furthermore Begoña and I finished up at Trattoria Don Lisander.

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