Random Thoughts on Raphael

Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520), Portrait of Guidoboldo Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, oil on panel, 1502; and Portrait of Elisabetta Gonzaga, Duchess of Urbino, oil on panel, 1502. (Public Domain/via Wikimedia)
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ell, “random thoughts” mightn’t be precise since I never do anything that’s random. I’m still absorbing the many works by Raphael (1483–1520) I’ve seen in the past few days, and now that I’m in Florence, I’ve seen many more. As I wrote earlier this week, I visited the Vatican Museum to see Raphael’s frescoes for the private apartments of Popes Julius II and Leo X. I also went to the Villa Farnesina to see what he did for Agostino Chigi, probably the richest man in Italy at the time.

First of all, I’ll return to the show’s title, “Raffaello: 1520–1483.” The

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