Within little more than a decade Raffaello di Giovanni Santi (1483-1520) transformed himself from a master of provincial church decoration to one of the greatest Renaissance painters who ever lived.
Raphael: From Urbino to Rome, a beautifully illustrated art exhibition catalogue, tells the story of Raphael's artistic journey from Urbino, where he was born, to the papal court in Rome, via the Central Italian cities of Citta di Castello, Perugia, Siena and Florence.
Following the dramatic evolution from Raphael's origins in Urbino and the early influences of his father, Giovanni Santi, and the famous Umbrian master Pietro Perugino, Raphael: From Urbino to Rome explores his earliest works in Umbria and his studies in Florence under the influence of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. It concludes by investigating how and why Raphael's art flourished and changed so dramatically under the enlightened patronage of Pope Julius II in Rome.
With beautiful colour illustrations of more than 90 of Raphael's paintings and drawings, accompanied by detailed catalogue entries and informative essays by distinguished scholars, Raphael: From Urbino to Rome is destined to become a classic text on this revered Renaissance artist.
Raphael: From Urbino to Rome was Book of the Year and Winner of the Exhibition Catalogue category at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2005. It was published to accompany the Raphael: From Urbino to Rome Exhibition at the National Gallery in 2004-2005.