The 36 Raphael reproductions take us on a journey through the painter’s artistic life. Beginning with the Madonna con il Bambino di Casa Santi, the first painting attributed to him as a young man, the exhibition showcases the exquisite beauty of both his portraits, such as that of Baldassarre Castiglione, and his splendid Madonnas, such as the Madonna del Granduca and the Madonna della Seggiola. The culmination is the Transfiguration, Raphael’s finest masterpiece, the one to which the master dedicated his final brushstrokes before passing away.
More than any other painter, Raphael was a point of reference for artists who adopted the Urbino master’s models their own. After his death, his art soon spread throughout Italy and characterised the figurative art culture of the years to come.