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  • Birth 6 Apr 1483 Urbino, Provincia di Pesaro e Urbino, Marche, Italy
  • Death 6 Apr 1520 Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
  • Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
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Renaissance Painter. Considered one of the greatest and most popular artists of all time. He was born Raffaello Santi or Raffaello Sanzio in Urbino. His early training in art come from his father, the painter Giovanni Santi. In 1499 he went to Perugia and became a student and assistant of the painter Perugino. Raphael imitated his master closely and their paintings of this period are executed in styles so similar that art historians have found it difficult to determine which were painted by Raphael. In 1504 Raphael moved to Florence, where he studied the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Fra Bartolommeo. His development during his Florentine period can best be traced in his numerous Madonnas. Raphael's most important commissions during his stay in Florence came from Umbria. His most original composition of this period is the Entombment of Christ. In 1508 he was called to Rome by Pope Julius II and commissioned to execute frescoes in four small rooms, of the Vatican Palace. After the death of Pope Julius II in 1513, and the accession of Leo X, Raphael's influence and responsibilities increased. He was made chief architect of Saint Peter's Basilica in 1514, and a year later was appointed director of all the excavations of antiquities in and near Rome. During this period he also designed ten tapestries illustrating the acts of Christ's apostles for the Sistine Chapel. In addition to these major undertakings, he executed a number of easel paintings, including a portrait of Julius II (1511-1512), a series of Madonnas, and the world-famous Sistine Madonna. Other religious paintings during this period include the Transfiguration (1517-1520, Vatican), completed posthumously by the most notable of Raphael's many followers, Giulio Romano. Raphael died in Rome on his 37th birthday, April 6, 1520.

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  • Added: 23 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5760
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Raphael (6 Apr 1483–6 Apr 1520), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5760, citing Pantheon Church, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .