Alongside Michelangelo, Raphael Santi is considered the second great genius of Italian Renaissance art. While his paintings epitomize the High Renaissance qualities of harmony and ideal beauty, their warmth and serenity shine through.
Throughout the volume Raphaels own observations shed light on his creative process and his deep devotion to his art. Filled with biographical material, including excerpts from the artists letters, study of the art and life of Raphael uses brilliant color, dynamic layouts and in-depth research to yield a vivid picture of his life and work. Time lines, detailed historical background, and splendid reproductions of his depictions of the Madonna and Child and his commissions from the court of Pope Julius II lead toward a greater understanding of the forces behind his genius. Anyone fascinated with the life and times of this magnificent artist will find much to explore and savor within the pages of I, Raphael.