There are few artists whose work is more universally known and loved than Raphael. His paintings grace the walls of the Vatican, his many serene Madonnas are famous the world over. That he was able to crowd so much achievement into his brief lifetime, is remarkable even for an Italian living in the Renaissance, when artists poured out paintings and sculpture in profusion.
Elizabeth Ripley has brought Raphael to life with lovely, well-written text, illustrated with color reproductions of the artist's own works. With Raphael we visit Urbino, Florence and Rome. We meet Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Castiglione, two great popes—personalities who played vital roles in his life. The charm, the beauty and the gentleness that endeared Raphael to those who knew him, is portrayed here along with his amazing genius.
Written in 1961, the text is unabridged.