10 Most Famous Paintings and Artworks by Raphael Urbino

10 Most Famous Paintings by Raphael Urbino

Who was Raphael Urbino?

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and sculptor of the High Renaissance.

His work is renowned for its lucidity of structure, simplicity of the piece, and visual accomplishment of the neoplatonic human belief.

A main figure of the High Renaissance, Raphael was an Italian painter, whose works lay in delineating humanity in incredible subtleties.

He utilized a few mediums, for example, oil on canvas and paint on plaster. He created an enormous assemblage of work, in spite of his demise at the youthful age of 37.

The 10 Best Artworks by Raphael Urbino

  1. The School of Athens by Raphael Urbino
  2. The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael Urbino
  3. La Fornarina by Raphael Urbino
  4. The Sistine Madonna by Raphael Urbino
  5. The Triumph of Galatea by Raphael Urbino
  6. Madonna del Prato by Raphael Urbino
  7. La velata by Raphael Urbino
  8. Raphael Cartoons by Raphael Urbino (The Miraculous Draught of Fishes)
  9. The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist by Raphael Urbino
  10. Young Woman with Unicorn by Raphael Urbino


    The School of Athens by Raphael Urbino

    The School of Athens

    The School of Athens depicts all the best mathematicians and researchers gathered together sharing their thoughts and gaining insight from one another.

    Of course, these figures all lived in different times, yet here they are gathered together under one roof. The two philosophers in the middle, Aristotle (on the right) and Plato (on the left) have had a massive impact on Western culture. 

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    The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael Urbino

    The Marriage of the Virgin

    The Marriage of the Virgin, otherwise called Lo Sposalizio, is an oil painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael.

    Finished in 1504 for the Franciscan church of San Francesco, Città di Castello, the painting portrays a marriage service of Mary and Joseph. It changed hands a few times before finally settling in the hands of Pinacoteca di Brera in 1806. 

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    La Fornarina by Raphael Urbino

    La Fornarina

    The Portrait of a Young Woman (otherwise called La Fornarina) is a painting created somewhere in the range of 1518 and 1519. It's in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Palazzo Barberini, Rome.

    It's said that the painting was found in the painter's studio at time of his demise in 1520, and that it was altered and afterward sold by his aide Giulio Romano.

    In the sixteenth century the painting was found in the place of the Countess of Santafiora, a Roman aristocrat, and then became the property of the Duke Boncompagni, and afterwards came into Galleria Nazionale.

    The lady is generally regarded as a Fornarina (pastry specialist): Margherita Luti, Raphael's Roman sweetheart. She is depicted with an oriental style cap and exposed upper body. She appears to be looking at someone possibly Raphael.


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    The Sistine Madonna by Raphael Urbino

    The Sistine Madonna

    The Sistine Madonna, likewise called the Madonna di San Sisto, is an oil painting authorized in 1512 by Pope Julius II to pay tribute to his late uncle, Pope Sixtus IV, and as an altarpiece for the basilica church of the Benedictine Monastery of San Sisto in Piacenza

    This canvas was one of the last Madonnas painted by Raphael. Giorgio Vasari called it "a really uncommon and phenomenal work".

    The painting was later moved to Dresden and is notable for its impact in the German and Russian art scene. After World War II, it was migrated to Moscow for 10 years, before being returned back to Germany.

    The painting portrays the two Saints: Sixtus and Barbara. Legend has it that when Antonio da Correggio initially looked at the piece, he was roused to cry and say "And I likewise, I am a painter!"


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    The Triumph of Galatea by Raphael Urbino

    The Triumph of Galatea

    Galatea is encompassed by ocean animals and the structural design is similar to Michelangelo's works.

    Galatea rides a shell-chariot drawn by two dolphins. At the left of the painting is a Triton (partly man, partly fish) who appears to be grasping an ocean sprite. This painting was commissioned by Agostino Chigi one of the richest men at that time.


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    Madonna del Prato by Raphael Urbino

    Madonna del Prato

    The Madonna del Prato (Madonna of the Meadow),¬†often referred to as Madonna with the Christ Child and Saint John the Baptist, is a 1505‚Äď1506 painting, presently held in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

    The painting was executed when Raphael was just in his twentieths and within a few months before his appearance in Florence. The scene speaks to the figures of the Virgin Mary, the newborn child Jesus, and another baby: John the Baptist.

    Mary is wearing a gold-circumscribed blue mantle with a red dress. The painting portrays a serene, delicate and pure climate. 

    This peaceful arrangement was held in exceptionally high respects by Renaissance supporters and earned Raphael a commission to paint a fresco for the Pope at the Vatican Stanze in Rome.


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    La velata by Raphael Urbino

    La velata

    La Velata models in a considerable amount of Raphael's works and is thought to be his mistress. Raphael depicts her in a portrait style in this work. 

    The young lady's oval face contrasts beautiful with light foundation on her face; and her eyes hold an extreme and infiltrating look. The silk of her sleeves appears differently in relation to her ivory-like skin.


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    Raphael Cartoons by Raphael Urbino (The Miraculous Draught of Fishes)

    Raphael Cartoons

    The Raphael Cartoons are seven huge works of art that belong to the British Royal Collection. This piece is called "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes."

    The seven works of art are the only survivors from the original ten  cartoons commissioned by Pope Leo X for embroidered for the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Palace.  


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    The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist by Raphael Urbino

    The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist by Raphael Urbino

    This painting is regarded as one of the most famous Madonna portraits of Italian Renaissance art.

    Numerous art historians have declared that this painting is the pinnacle of Raphael's accomplishments and perhaps the most ground breaking piece from his florentine art period.

    Ghirlandaio is also credited for adding the finishing touches on the blue robe of Mary. Years later, the piece was taken to Paris by the ruler of France, François the first. Throughout the years, the piece increased in notoriety and was duplicated by numerous artists.

    The painting depicts Mary, Christ, and a youthful John the Baptist. Mary is the focal point of the painting.

    Her face is gazed down and her body fills a large portion of the painting. She is holding Christ with both hands, who is also looking towards her face.

    On her right side, is John the Baptist who is looking at Christ and holding his reed cross with it resting on his shoulders. 

    The scene of the painting is that of a lovely wide open field. Raphael utilized glowing colors and mixed dark shadows to help create a highly sensible climate.


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    Young Woman with Unicorn by Raphael Urbino

    Young Woman with Unicorn

    The portrait of the Young Woman with Unicorn dates around 1505. It's currently at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. The painting was initially oil on board and was later modified onto a canvas to protect the work in 1934.

    Christof Thoenes a prominent art historian states: 

    "However unabashedly Raphael adopts the pose, compositional framework and spatial organization of the Leonardo portrait...the cool watchfulness in the young woman's gaze is very different" from the "enigmatic ambiguity" of Mona Lisa.

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