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For Art Lovers,
This review is from: Raphael (Hardcover)Let me first mention that I am reviewing the 1994 edition, 128 pages, which is a slightly abridged edition of an earlier 1973 edition. It has 100 illustrations, 40 full-colour plates. I have perused the 1973 edition and found the text to be exactly the same. There are just fewer illustrations and colour plates. That seems to be the only difference.
My one complaint about the book is that there really is no personal information on Raphael; it basically concerns just his painting. How much he produced in his short span of 37 years! Never married, his work is his legacy. An art class I once took focused some time on his "School of Athens" fresco in the Vatican. He painted a surprising mixture of classical, religious, and secular themes. Among the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, along with Da Vinci and Michelangelo, both of whom were older. I highly recommend this book for any lover of the Arts. And especially if you have been to Rome and the Vatican. Or, if you are planning such a trip.