Raphael Sanzio was born in 1483 on either March 28 or April 6. Frequently in his life, he showed a capacity to quickly pick up the styles of those around him and use them in his own way. His career is most often viewed by academics as existing in three phases and styles—early years in Urbino, around four years of avid learning in Florence, and a decade-plus of mastery in Rome working for the Vatican. Though he died at just thirty-seven years old, his career included a rivalry with Michelangelo, educational encounters with Leonardo da Vinci, and a lengthy stint at the Vatican.
At Large April 9, 2021