Description - Raphael by Antonio Forcellino
Craving pleasure as well as knowledge, Raphael Sanzio was quick to
realize that his talent would only be truly appreciated in the
liberal, carefree and extravagantly sensual atmosphere of Rome
during its golden age under Julius II and Leo X.
Arriving in the city in 1508 at the age of twenty-five, he was
entranced and seduced by life at the papal court and within a few
months had emerged as the most brilliant star in its intellectual
firmament. His art achieved a natural grace that was totally
uninhibited and free from subjection. His death, at just
thirty-seven, plunged the city into the kind of despair that
follows the passing of an esteemed and much loved prince.
In this major new biography Antonio Forcellino retraces the
meteoric arc of Raphael?s career by re-examining contemporary
documents and accounts and interpreting the artist?s works
with the eye of an expert art restorer. Raphael?s paintings
are vividly described and placed in their historical context.
Forcellino analyses Raphael?s techniques for producing the
large frescos for which he is so famous, examines his working
practices and his organization of what was a new kind of artistic
workshop, and shows how his female portraits expressed and conveyed
a new attitude to women.
This rich and nuanced account casts aside the misconceptions passed
on by those critics who persistently tried to undermine
Raphael?s mythical status, enabling one of the greatest
artists of all time to re-emerge fully as both man and artist.
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Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 155mm x 27mm)
Publisher: Polity Press
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Author Biography - Antonio Forcellino
Antonio Forcellino is one of the world's leading authorities on Michelangelo and an expert art historian and restorer. He has been involved in the restoration of numerous masterpieces, including Michelangelo's Moses.
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