Although he died young, at the age of only thirty-seven, Raphael’s legacy of classicism, of a supremely graceful and harmonious art which strove towards ideals of perfect balance and beauty, dominated the academic tradition of European painting until the mid-nineteenth century. Giorgio Vasari deemed the gracious and urbane Raphael the “prince of painters” and, befitting an artist named for an archangel, the biographer judged his works “divine.”
Books on Raphael
Antonio Forcellino, Raphael: A Passionate Life, Cambridge, 2012.
Konrad Oberhuber, Raphael, the Paintings, New York, 1999.
John Shearman, Raphael’s Cartoons in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen and the Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel, London, 1972.