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Raffaello Sanzio: 500th Anniversary of the genius



Raffaello Sanzio: 500th Anniversary of the genius


Conference by Professor Costantino D’Orazio

raffaello ritrattoOn the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Raffaello Sanzio’s death (1483–1520), the Italian Embassy in Wellington (NZ), in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney and the University of Auckland, is celebrating the life and legacy of the great artist from Urbino with a conference held by renowned Italian scholar Professor Costantino D’Orazio.

A leading figure of Italian High Renaissance classicism, Raffaello Sanzio is best known for his "Madonnas," including the Sistine Madonna, and for his large figure compositions in the Palace of the Vatican in Rome.

Raffaello Sanzio was born on April 6, 1483, in Urbino, Italy. At the time, Urbino was a cultural center that encouraged the arts. Raffaello’s father, Giovanni Santi, was a painter for the Duke of Urbino, Federigo da Montefeltro. Giovanni taught the young Raphael basic painting techniques and exposed him to the principles of humanistic philosophy at the Duke of Urbino’s court. Raffaello became Perugino's apprentice in 1504. Living in Florence from 1504 to 1507, he began painting a series of "Madonnas." In Rome from 1509 to 1511, he painted the Stanza della Segnatura ("Room of the Signatura") frescoes located in the Palace of the Vatican. He later painted another fresco cycle for the Vatican, in the Stanza d'Eliodoro ("Room of Heliodorus"). In 1514, Pope Julius II hired Raphael as his chief architect. Around the same time, he completed his last work in his series of the "Madonnas," an oil painting called the Sistine Madonna. Raphael died in Rome on April 6, 1520.

Prof. Costantino D’Orazio was born in Rome in 1974. He is a leading art historian, costantino mezzobusto smallcurator and essayist. He has published several successful books on Italian art history. He is senior curator at MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome) and lectures within the Master for Art Curators at Luiss University and Link Campus. He is a regular contributor to the art programs aired on Italian national radio and TV stations RAI 3, Rainews24, Radio 2 and Radio 3. He is the author, among others, of Caravaggio segreto (Secret Caravaggio, Sperling & Kupfer 2013), Leonardo segreto (Secret Leonardo, Sperling & Kupfer 2014), Michelangelo. Io sono fuoco. Autobiografia di un genio (Michelangelo. I am fire. Autobiography of a genius, Sperling & Kupfer 2016), Ma liberaci dal male (Free us from evil, Sperling & Kupfer, 2017), Mercanti di bellezza (Beauty merchants, Rai Eri, 2017) and Leonardo svelato (Leonardo revealed, Sperling & Kupfer, 2019).

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:


Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Ambasciata d'Italia a Wellington

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura e University of Auckland

Entrance : Free


University of Auckland, Humanities Building, Room