A voyage through the work of Raffaello Sanzio “like you’ve never been seen before” - that’s how the large exhibition of 2020, which was to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s birth, from the Urbinate to the National Gallery, was billed. Postponed for the pandemic, the project is finally becoming a reality - approximately 90 works will arrive in London this Spring, with remarkable loans from the Louvre in Paris and the Vatican Museums, from the Prado of Madrid, the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. There will be masterpieces and rarities, paintings and drawings, but also architectural projects, documents from the research Raphael carried out in the field of archeology, poetic verses, witness to his thoughts and actions as a designer of tapestries, prints and decorations which he created in a highly efficient and modern studio or bottega. The goal of the exhibition is, in fact, to explore the work of Sanzio in all of its dimensions, revealing a variety of interests and a rare depth, even compared to other Renaissance artists. Capable of capturing in his art “the human and the divine, as well as love, friendship, culture and power,” Raphael left us iconic images in which the entire Western World continues to see itself, regardless of how much time has passed. “His life was brief, his work prolific, his legacy immortal,” as the curators of the exhibition so adeptly describe him.
Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London