By (author) Antonio Forcellino, Translated by Lucinda Byatt

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  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 189mm x 38mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0745644112
  • ISBN 13: 9780745644110
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 356,428

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Craving pleasure as well as knowledge, Raphael Sanzio was quick torealize that his talent would only be truly appreciated in theliberal, carefree and extravagantly sensual atmosphere of Romeduring its golden age under Julius II and Leo X. Arriving in the city in 1508 at the age of twenty-five, he wasentranced and seduced by life at the papal court and within a fewmonths had emerged as the most brilliant star in its intellectualfirmament. His art achieved a natural grace that was totallyuninhibited and free from subjection. His death, at justthirty-seven, plunged the city into the kind of despair thatfollows the passing of an esteemed and much loved prince. In this major new biography Antonio Forcellino retraces themeteoric arc of Raphael s career by re-examining contemporarydocuments and accounts and interpreting the artist s workswith the eye of an expert art restorer. Raphael s paintingsare vividly described and placed in their historical context.Forcellino analyses Raphael s techniques for producing thelarge frescos for which he is so famous, examines his workingpractices and his organization of what was a new kind of artisticworkshop, and shows how his female portraits expressed and conveyeda new attitude to women. This rich and nuanced account casts aside the misconceptions passedon by those critics who persistently tried to undermineRaphael s mythical status, enabling one of the greatestartists of all time to re-emerge fully as both man and artist.

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Author information

Antonio Forcellino is an art historian and restorer.

Review quote

'Written in his usual lively style, Forcellino's new book combines fast-moving narrative, a vivid portrait of Raphael the man, and a perceptive analysis of his art.' Peter Burke, University of Cambridge

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Giovanni's Son 1 A Well-To-Do Household 2 A Sophisticated Court 3 Home and Workshop 4 Assistants and Masters 5 A Precocious Master 2 From Urbino to Umbria 1 The First Test 2 Recognition 3 Challenging the Masters 4 Turbulent Landscapes 5 The End of the Terror 3 The Florentine Period 1 In the City of Titans 2 A New World 3 Building a Reputation 4 Chronicle of a Tragedy 5 A Sudden Departure 4 In Rome 1 The Half-hidden Ruins 2 From Chalices to Helmets 3 The War of Images 4 The Rise to Primacy 5 The School of Raphael 5. The Pope and his Banker 1 The Pope's Beard 2 The Stanza of Heliodorus 3 Through the Streets of Rome 4 The Pope's Banker 5 `Amor Vincit Omnia` 6 Venus Emerges from the Water 7 Death of a Warrior Pope 6 The Years of Triumph 1 A New Era 2 One Long Party 3 In Pursuit of the Dream 4 Pitch Black Hair and Eyes 5 State Portraits 7 The Discovery of Architecture 1 Women of Devotion 2 Storming the Fortress 3 The Flight of Icarus 4 Private Pleasures 5 Between The Tiber and Monte Mario 8 A New Artist 1 The Inaccessible Palace 2 A Web of Jealousy 3 Venus Returns 4 Vila Madama 5 The Star That Fell from Heaven Notes Index of Names