Art & Design
Raphael exhibition in Rome
Here is a new reason to visit the eternal city, Raphael exhibition in Rome. A few days ago, at the Scuderie del Quirinale, opened a large exhibition devoted to Raffaello Sanzio opened. It will close on June 2nd, 2020. The show is part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the untimely death of the great artist from Urbino. This exhibition includes twenty-nine paintings of this Renaissance genius.
Also noteworthy is the presence of about one hundred of his drawings, Queen Elizabeth of England lent the best. In addition to the paintings, there are also works of “context” but not of Raphael’s hand. They are related to his passions for Archaeology, books, autographs, models, applied arts, medals, documents, manuscripts, which come in a chronological span that dates back to antiquity and reaches at least until the nineteenth century.
The visitor is greeted by a life-size reproduction of his tomb at the Pantheon – and reaches back to the painter’s youth. The time reversal is also underlined by the chosen title, with “reversed” dates: Raphael 1520-1483.
Because of the controversy that arose in Italy, the star will be his portrait of “Pope Leo X with Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi”. The German director of the Uffizi allowed his transport to the capital. And he rightly did so. With his positive decision came the resignation en bloc of the committee of experts, who thought otherwise. Pope Leo X was the younger son of Lorenzo the Magnificent and a great supporter of Raphael, unfortunately with little patience towards the Hamletic Leonardo Da Vinci, who abandoned Rome because of him.
There is a pope’s portrait, very close to the biography of the painter, Julius II, who stands out on the second floor of the exhibition, with his stern look. Many famous women and Madonnas are also visible: the “Madonna del Granduca”, the “Veiled”, the “Fornarina”, the “Dama con Liocorno”, the “Madonna Alba” from Washington, the Madonna della Rosa from the Prado in Madrid and the “Madonna Tempi” from Munich. And at the end, his “Self Portrait as a Young man.”
5 Mar - 2 Jun 2020