Raphael's Drawings

Raphael's Drawings



we often think of Raphael as an artist is quite idealizing and graceful and possibly a bit bland but if you start looking closely at the drawings are very different Raphael emerges Raphael is working in Italy is tremendously exciting period in the history of art this is what we call the Renaissance the word itself means rebirth it's a time in which people are thinking and looking afresh at the great heritage of Greek and Roman art Michelangelo said everything Raphael did he had some money so that was his new Raphael meaning Raphael was quite a dangerous competitor if we look at Raphael's art it is full of human emotion it's devoted to the human body in all of its heroism and in all of its tenderness in all of its expressiveness he manages to fuse a sense of naturalism you know the real thing with a kind of grandeur and what he's trying to do in his early drawings is very much inject them with a kind of gestural source determined to put energy into everything he's doing and drawing he died aged only 37 of all of the artists of his day he is the one who had the greatest impact on European art for on his own time right down to the 20th century the collection that we have today was great collection is unrivaled collection of Raphael drawings came to the aquarium in 1856 and that was the beginning of this museum being a really seriously important finite collection you never lose that magic to hold a drawing in your hands puts you in touch with the artist every time you know your heart starts beating faster no question

3 thoughts on “Raphael's Drawings”

  1. I am very much looking forward to the catalogue as I do not have access to the exhibition. Thanks ashmolean museum team for compiling some of the greatest drawings on earth and for bringing attention to Raphael.

  2. Too much Whistler seen on scren, not enough Raphael. Why put music on the sound-track? Leave it out, trust the words.

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