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Raphaël, the final years at the Louvre Museum

October 17, 2012

Italian Raffaelo Sani, more famously known as Raphaël lived a short life. He was born in 1483 in Urbino and died in 1520 in Rome. Both an architect and a painter,  he was one of the main artists of the Italian Renaissance,  one of the richest periods in  art history. Raphael’s inspiration took its roots in the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo who contributed to his training and helped him express his huge talent in Florence, the then capital of culture. After imposing himself as a master in the art of painting, he was summoned to Rome by Pope Jules II. There, he took part in many architectural projects, among which the Saint-Peter Basilica, and painted many masterpieces. This period of his life was marked by an intense activity that probably weakened him as he died from exhaustion at only 37.

The Louvre, in partnership with the Prado Museum, has gathered the main masterpieces from this period in Raphael’s life. More than 100 pieces of art are on display: religious paintings, tapestries, altarpieces that show the artist’s virtuosity which shined all around Europe and clearly influenced the centuries to come.

The Louvre exhibition is the first one to focus on the last part of Raphael’s life in Rome. One of the questions raised by this exhibition is the contribution of Raphael’s more than 50 students to his work, in particular that of Giulio Romano and Gian Francesco Penni. Raphael was indeed surrounded by lots of young painters who assisted him in his daily work. They soon worked on Raphael’s main pieces. Shown side by side are thus paintings by Raphael and by his students in order to emphasize the complementary aspect of their work and the huge heritage Raphael left after his early death.

The last years of Raphael

October 8th 2012 to January 7th 2013 in the Napoleon Hall of the Louvre Museum

Monday and Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5.45pm

Entrance ticket costs 12€ (It is possible to purchase a ticket for both the museum and the permanent collections for 15€)

Louvre Museum

Rue de Rivoli

75001 Paris

+33 1 40 20 53 17

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