The Immovable Raphael

Giulio Romano (1499-1546), Giovanni da Udine (1487-1564), and Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520). Detail of Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, fresco, 1517-18, Loggia of Psyche and Cupid. (Miguel Hermoso Cuesta/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia)
Frescoes in a love nest and the perfect tomb show another side of Raphael.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M ost people probably know Raphael (1483–1520) for his Madonnas, his late Transfiguration, and The School of Athens. This year, the 500th anniversary of his death, lots of museums are doing exhibitions pulling from their paintings and drawings collections, but what about the immovable Raphael, his frescoes and architecture? While I was in Rome, I visited two chunks of Raphael that aren’t going anywhere. One is a group of frescoes, and walls neither talk nor travel. The other is a chapel. These works changed my view of Raphael, both through learning new things and through thinking about what I already knew.

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