In Rome, the Definitive Raphael Show: Raffaello: 1520–1483

Left: Portrait of Giulio II, before March 1512, by Raffaello. Oil on panel. (Londra, The National Gallery © The National Gallery, London)
Right: Portrait of Pope Leone X, 1518-1519, by Raffaello. Oil on panel. (Firenze, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Gallerie delle Statue e delle Pitture Il restauro dell’opera è stato possibile grazie al sostegno di Lottomatica Holding. Gabinetto fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi – Su concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del Turismo)
Serene ecstasy and perfect grace from the quintessential Renaissance man

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I’ m in Rome to cover the majestic new exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Raffaelo Sanzio da Urbino (1483–1520), or Raphael, as we Americans call him. I resolved to see the exhibition — 250 paintings, drawings, prints, books, and letters — when I heard about it last year, and nearly made it in March. The show opened on March 2 and had a run of exactly three days before Italy closed its museums, thanks to the virus mill in Wuhan.

Raffaello: 1520–1483 reopened in the beginning of June, coincidentally on the day it

(Chris Helgren/Reuters)

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