Thursday 29th October 2020

2020 is an important year marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, which will be commemorated by a major exhibition at the National Gallery. Join us for an introductory lecture with National Gallery.lecturer and Italian Renaissance expert Siân Walters, followed by lunch and timed entry tickets.

Raphael is often referred to as one of the three giants of the High Renaissance in Italy alongside Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci yet his career was short-lived since he died tragically young, aged just 37. Nevertheless in this relatively short space of time he progressed from a series of modest initial commissions in and around his home town of Urbino to the covetous position of one of the leading artists at the court of Pope Julius II. The Pope was without doubt the most important patron of the arts in Italy and commissioned some of the most sublime and influential works of the early 16th century from this young and gifted painter. We explore how Raphael achieved this extraordinary rise in status, tracing the development of early works under the influence of Perugino and Pinturicchio to encounters with Michelangelo and Leonardo in Florence, and finally an examination of the later masterpieces of painting and drawing created in Rome.

Booking will open a few months before the event. Register by clicking the "Register" button on our home page and we will let you know when booking opens.

Image credit: Raphael, St Catherine © National Gallery, London




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Thank you for organising yesterday's visit ... We really appreciated your excellent talk before going to look at the exhibition and it made the whole experience that much more absorbing.”

Mr and Mrs Bruce and Ann Aitken

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  • One of the highlights of this year's exhibition calendar
  • Introductory presentation by National Gallery lecturer
  • Timed entry tickets and audioguide hire included
  • Delicious lunch arranged
  • Reductions available



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