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Lecture Series: Raphael 500

In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19 and the health and well-being of our public, the Frick has closed its galleries and library, as well as canceled public events, including the upcoming Raphael 500 lecture series by Linda Wolk-Simon, scheduled for April 6, 8, and 10. All ticketholders will be refunded. We will send you a separate email confirmation once your refund has been processed.

During this time, we hope you will enjoy videos of past lectures, which are always available on our YouTube channel.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and recommendations of public health officials and will post updates.


Linda Wolk-Simon, Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Together with Leonardo and Michelangelo, Raphael Sanzio is the third member of the great triumvirate of the Italian High Renaissance. Although he was profoundly responsive to their art, it was his manner of portraying epic drama and human emotion that was to define the Western tradition of painting well into the nineteenth century. Today, however, Raphael seems the most remote of the three titans: Leonardo’s enigmatic elusiveness and Michelangelo’s towering terribilità resonate with contemporary audiences, while Raphael’s sociable disposition, driving professional ambition, and drama-free biography, like the once-revered classical ideals that his art embodies, are inimical to modern ideas about artistic practice and inspiration. This series, which commemorates the five hundredth anniversary of his death, explores how three timeless and universal human themes — life, love, and death — inform and give meaning to Raphael’s art, making it as accessible today as it was during his lifetime.

Raphael and Life — Monday, April 6, 12:00 noon
Raphael and Love — Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 noon
Raphael and Death — Friday, April 10, 12:00 noon

Tickets to the three-part series are $65 ($55 for members).

Individual lecture tickets are $30 ($25 for members).

Ticket prices include museum admission except for Monday, April 6. Questions: contact edevents@frick.org.

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (1483-1520). The Sistine Madonna. Ca. 1512-13. Oil on canvas, 269.5 x 301 cm. Inv. Gal Nr. 93. Photo: Elke Estel / Hans-Peter Klut. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.