Article abstract: With Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, Raphael was part of the great trio of High Renaissance masters. He became the most prolific and most widely celebrated painter of his time.
Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael, had the good fortune to be born in the mountain town of Urbino, where Federico da Montefeltro maintained a ducal court manifesting splendor, pomp, elegance, and the new learning. Raphael’s father, Giovanni, a minor painter and versifier, had access to the court; from his youth, Raphael was introduced to the...
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