Raphael: The Paintings (Art & Design S.)

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Following his sudden death in 1520 at the age of 37, one eulogy written in Raphael's honour confirmed the contemporary perception of the painter as a divine creator, akin to the son of God: "What wonder that you lost the light like Christ; He is the God of Nature, you the one of art." Modern art history has tended to sidestep the serenity and perfection of Raphael's painting in favour of the intellectual and artistic struggle and self-doubt of Leonardo, Michelangelo or (much later) Caravaggio. However, Konrad Oberhuber's lavish study Raphael: The Paintings reconfirms Raphael's stature as one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance.

For Oberhuber, Raphael is the consummate unifier of storytelling, design and colour: "Raphael was capable of creating a new ideal beauty and style versatile enough to represent all aspects of the world, including landscape and animals. He thus became the archetype for future artists, who looked back at the achievements of the Renaissance and antiquity as something that could not be surpassed". Despite a rather unconvincing psychological account of Raphael's development as a painter in his introduction, Oberhuber is on firmer ground with his systematic and in-depth account of Raphael's entire artistic output, from his beginnings at the court of Urbino, growing success and recognition in Umbria and Florence, and his final, triumphant years in Rome under the patronage of Julius II and Leo X. All the iconic images are here, from the Madonna and Child paintings of 1505-07, the great frescoes for the Vatican Palace and tapestry designs for the Sistine Chapel and the remarkable portraits of his papal patrons, all analysed in minute detail and beautifully reproduced. The 169 colour illustrations, supplemented by further black-and-white images offer a comprehensive and dazzling account of Raphael's extraordinarily creative artistic career. --Jerry Brotton

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Familiar through his works for the Vatican Palace, tapestry cartoons for the Sistine Chapel, countless altar pieces and portraits, Raphael is one of the best known painters in the history of art. This is a monograph of his painted oeuvre which offers a scholarly reconstruction of his work and explores the complex historical, cultural and artistic currents that influenced him.

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