Raffaello e Urbino

July 10, 2009 / Art & Archaeology
raffaelloeurbino3You 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).

raffaelloeurbino2This 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 Frulla

by Enrica Frulla

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. www.besteventlab.com

9 Responses to “Raffaello e Urbino”

  1. Margie

    I loved reading the story of Raffael’s life. Thank you for this very interesting look behind the scenes in the life of one of the great painters of all times.


  2. Evanne Diner

    We’re so sorry we did not hear of this before, but thanks for the interesting story. A number of years ago, when I was studying the painting of Rafaello’s grotesques, at the museum in Urbino the employees kindly let me have a behind-the-scenes visit to study their Rafaello ceilings at my leisure. It was a day I’ll never forget, as from room to room the people in the “walkie-talkies” whispered, “She’s the one in the red dress..” It’s a secret worth a try if you ever want to study something in detail.
    (GB: ok to forward this to her only. either way is ok)

  3. Enrica

    Thanks, all. Glad you liked the article. I certainly loved writing it. I’m a sucker for a good backstory. Great story, Evanne, thanks for sharing!

  4. Lenore Chicka

    Thank you for your Article. We know so little about the Master
    Painters’ private lives. Most of the time Articles are focused on
    the Paintings and their success stories but not about the hardships
    they went through. I realize there are biographies but one doesn’t always have the time to read through pages and pages, and if they’re well written can be dull reading. That’s why “Notebook” is a perfect “fit” for interesting Tid-Bits, it’s presentations are great.
    So Kudo’s to you, your staff & friends who contribute these little “treasures”. I always start my day looking for “Notebook” and come away learning something that I didn’t know before.
    Thank you

  5. Antoinette Quesada

    Thank you so much for bringing such beauty into our lives!

  6. Thank you for the article and photos. The colors are amazing! I look forward to visiting Urbino some day.

  7. What an amazing talent! thank you for this very informative note and the beautiful images. A lovely way to start the day!


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