This post is why my yearlong focus on Raphael.
Raphael’s love life has been a source of fascination since his untimely death, from the sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari to my own coauthored novel The Sidewalk Artist. While Raphael was undoubtedly engaged to a cardinal’s daughter, Maria Bibbiena, he never married her and many have speculated that the great love of his life was La … Continue reading That’s Amore: Raphael’s Love Life
More news continues to straggle in about the upcoming 500th anniversary of Raphael's death and related ephemera (though long may his art live). Perhaps the biggest dispatch to recently emerge from the art history world is the determination that the Haddo Madonna in Scotland was likely NOT painted by Raphael. The painting was examined by … Continue reading Raphael: The Latest on the Renaissance Artist