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Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael
16th-century Umbrian
(Urbino, 1483 - 1520, Rome)

Raffaello Sanzio’s training, with his father, Giovanni, and Pietro Perugino, and early activity took place in his native region of Umbria. In Florence by late 1504, he quickly absorbed the lessons of the most advanced Florentine art, Leonardo da Vinci in particular. By 1508 he had been called to Rome by Pope Julius II to decorate the Vatican palace. Remaining in Rome until his premature death, Raphael continued to develop with singular rapidity and intelligence, assimilating the art of Michelangelo and that of Antiquity, expanding his activity to architecture and even archaeology. More than any other artist, Raphael was responsible for the creation of a new classical style, the High Renaissance, and in turn one of the two foundations of all later pictorial style in European art .

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