But there is another side to Raphael; he was also an architect, designer, poet and archaeologist. Next year, in an exhibition postponed from 2020, the National Gallery is bringing his full range of accomplishments to light with an exhibition of more than 90 varied works. With loans from the Louvre, Vatican Museum, Prado Museum and Uffizi, this exhibition will acquaint us with Raphael’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and the tapestries he designed alongside ambitious reproductions of his frescoes, such as those monumental ones housed in the Vatican Palace.
Raphael's mastery of colour, his elegant compositions and sympathetic depiction of women set him apart from da Vinci and Michelangelo (he had a bitter rivalry with the latter). At the tender age of 17 he received his first commission and by his mid-20s was a firm favourite of papal patrons. This exhibition promises to showcase the full breadth of his accomplishments and will, no doubt, be a visual treat.
|What||Raphael exhibition, National Gallery, 2022|
|Where||National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
09 Apr 22 – 31 Jul 22, Open daily 10am – 6pm, Friday until 9pm
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