Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520), better known simply as Raphael,
was an Italian
painter and architect of the High Renaissance.
His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and
for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.
Together with Michelangelo
Leonardo da Vinci
, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.
Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop, and despite his death at 37,
a large body of his work remains.
Many of his works are found in the Apostolic Palace of The Vatican
where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career.
Famous Paintings by Raffaello Sanzio
School of Athens (Scuola di Atene) (1509-11)
Sistine Madonna (1513-14)
Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (1514-15)
Pope Leo X with Cardinals (1518)
The Transfiguration (1518-20)