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Raphael: Renaissance master revealed



Raphael: Renaissance master revealed

raffaello500th Anniversary of Raphael’s death

The Art Gallery Society of NSW, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney, is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of another unrivalled genius of Italian art, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483–1520) in a six-day symposium featuring leading art historians Dr John Gagné, Lorraine Kypiotis and Dr Michael Hill.

The calendar of the lecture is as follow:

Thursday 22 (1-2 pm) and Saturday 24 October (11-12 am)lady with a unicorn

Dr John Gagné: Absorbing Raphael: the Renaissance artist’s early years

In a way, Raphael Sanzio’s entire life was made up of early years – he died at 37, an age when other artists were just coming into their own. Even before the glories of the final decade of his life in Rome, we can already discern in his younger years his exquisite receptivity to a variety of influences: his own father the Umbrian master Giovanni, as well as Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Signorelli, among many others. Alive to their examples, he experimented in media and in subject matter, both secular and sacred. A stylistic sponge, Raphael absorbed and assimilated voraciously. When in his early twenties Raphael arrived in Florence, he not only joined the company of Fra Bartolomeo, Michelangelo, and Leonardo, he also watched them and learned.

Dr John Gagné is a senior lecturer in history and director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney.

segnaturaThursday 29 (1-2 pm) and Saturday 31 October (11-12 am)

Lorraine Kypiotis: Raphael in Rome: the Stanza della Segnatura

At age 25 Raphael was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II, a man whose ego and ambitions equalled those of the Roman emperors and who wished to restore Rome to its former glory. Julius II chose the young 25 year-old Raphael to paint the various rooms or stanze of the Vatican adjoining the Sistine Chapel. The first to be frescoed was the Stanza della Segnatura (1508-11). Raphael’s frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura, including the magnificent School of Athens, united and integrated the continuous quest for knowledge through reason, revelation, poetic inspiration and law. Here in the stanza Raphael attempts to encapsulate on the vault and the walls all aspects of Man’s life on Earth as divined by God above.

Lorraine Kypiotis is a Lecturer at the department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney

Thursday 5 (1-2 pm) and Saturday 7 November (11-12 am)donna velata

Dr Michael Hill: Raphael’s portraits

Raphael’s originality shone most brightly in his portraiture. Whether the sitter was a pope or a young bride, his delicate and solicitous sensibility allowed the uncertainty of personality to be pictured as if for the first time. His portraits are never heroic, and instead reveal the problem of the individual threaded into social fabric.

Dr Michael Hill is Head of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney.


  • $35 IIC & dell‘Art Gallery Society members
  • $45 non-members

It will also be possible to book the lectures online.



Date: Da Thursday, October 22, 2020 a Saturday, November 07, 2020

Organized by : Art Gallery Society of NSW

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Domain Theatre