Raphael Sanzio was born in Urbino on April 6th, 1483. Around the beginning of the sixteenth century, Raphael met Pietro Perugino, who influenced his painting perhaps more than any other painter. Peruginesque motifs can be identified in one of Raphael's earliest works, the altarpiece for the Church of Sant'Agostino in Citta di Castello, which he created in collaboration with Evangelista da Pian di Meleto. In 1509, Raphael began his first major undertaking, the decoration of the Stanza della Segnatura, commissioned by Pope Julius II. 

Raphael examines the works produced by this painter throughout his life, from his beginnings in Urbino to his period in Florence, and his time in Rome. Raphael's work on the Stanza della Signatura is examined in some detail.

From The Library of Great Masters series by Riverside Book Company
By Bruno Santi, translated by Paul Blanchard
80 pages
Published by Riverside Book Company, 1992
8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches