Thursday, September 22, 2011


Joanna of Aragon
Oil on canvas
76 x 61 cm (30 x 24")
Musée du Louvre

Joanna of Aragon was an infanta of the Kingdom of Aragon.
According to Giorgio Vasari, an Italian painter, writer, historian, and architect, who is famous today for his biographies of Italian artists, the head only is by Raphael, the remainder by Giulio Romano (a pupil of Raphael).

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520), better known simply as Raphael, 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.
He died on his thirty-seventh birthday, April 6, 1520, because of acute illness, which lasted fifteen days, and was buried in the Pantheon amidst universal mourning and acclaim.
His funeral was extremely grand, attended by large crowds. The inscription in his marble sarcophagus reads: "Here lies that famous Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die."