You are 11 years old. Your father has just died and has left you at the helm of the family business. Not just any ol’ family business. Your father was a painter. And not just any ol’ painter. He operated one of the most renowned botteghe (workshops, in this case “art atelier”) of his day. He painted for the dukes. He was so authoritative that he wrote the critiques of other painters of his day. He trained apprentices. All of this has set you up for obvious failure.
And yet, you do not fail. You rival your father at once. Then you surpass him in talent and fame. And finally you become one of the most talented and revered painters of your day. And 500 years later your paintings grace the walls of the most prestigious art museums in the world (the Louvre, the National Gallery in Washington and London, the Uffizi, the Getty Museum, the list goes on and on).
This story is fact, not fiction. It is the true life story of Raffaello. Talk about a child prodigy.
20 works of art and 19 drawings have been flown in from across the globe and are presented in Raffaello’s native town of Urbino (through this Sunday, July 12th). They are exhibited along with works painted by Raffaello’s father Giovanni Santi, as well as other artists of the same period. The exhibit is one-of-a-kind, with Urbino’s Palazzo Ducale the most exquisite backdrop possible.
With all his success, you start to wonder if Raffaello will start winking at us from his famous self-portrait.
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Enrica was born in Italy, raised in the United States and is now living in Senigallia, on the coast of the beautiful Le Marche region. A marketing consultant in a past life, Enrica is now a freelance translator. Recently, her creativity and passion for telling people what to do has also “translated” into an event planning business.