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Raphael: Genius of the Renaissance in Rome (cf. 500th Anniversary of his death)
Jo Walton Wednesday 15 April 2020

Raphael died in Rome on Good Friday, 1520, aged only 37. The Pope, his most prestigious patron, was devastated and earth tremors were felt around the city. He was buried in the Pantheon – Rome’s most important classical building – a fitting tribute to an artist who rivalled the greatness of the Ancients. (He was also charming, handsome and polite – which couldn’t be said for all Renaissance polymaths.) This lecture looks at his short, but an astonishing career as painter, architect, administrator and superb draughtsman and considers his lasting influence on subsequent artists.