The Painter Raphael: Renaissance Man
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This paper discusses the life and work of Raphael, the youngest of the three major painters of the High Renaissance. The writer provides an overview of his life and how his style evolved from the simpler idealized images of the Perugino School to a freer, more emotional depiction of humanity. The paper explains why Raphael was the quintessential Renaissance painter: he followed the three Platonic ideals, first by using art as an imitation of the physical world around him, then by expressing emotion through his canvases, and finally in being divinely inspired. Several of Raphael's paintings are described and discussed and the paper concludes that Raphael was the ideal Renaissance man in that he perfectly epitomized the ideals of the age.
From the Paper:"While his style changed throughout his brief life, Raphael was a true Renaissance artist because of this--he utilized his art as a means to reflect all that he had learned. The harmony and serenity of his early Florentine and Peruginesque works reflect detail, idealistic beauty, and geometric precision. For example, in the 1504 work, Spozalizio, the women all share the same sweet expressions and a similar romanticized beauty. The figures, while rather better dressed than the actual people would have probably been, are anatomically correct and proportional. The style here, particularly on the faces, closely mirrors Perugino's own style; indeed, some scholars have theorized that Perugino may have painted some of the figures. Where Raphael's genius shows through is in his intense interest in other achievements of the age."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hall, Marcia B. (2005). The Cambridge Companion to Raphael. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Ross, S.D. (1994). Art and Its Significance. New York, NY: SUNY University Press.
- Vasari, Giorgio. (1998). The Lives of the Artists. London: Oxford University Press.
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