Sunday, May 29, 2011

Raffaello Sanzio

ca. 1506
Oil on panel
47.5 × 33 cm (18.7 × 12.99 in)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Collezione Autoritratti, Florence

Raphael (1483 – 1520) was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings and drawings.
Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

At his request, Raphael was buried in the Pantheon.
His funeral was extremely grand, attended by large crowds.
The inscription in his marble sarcophagus, an elegiac distich written by Pietro Bembo, reads: "Ille hic est Raffael, timuit quo sospite vinci, rerum magna parens et moriente mori." Meaning: "Here lies that famous Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die."