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).
Ticket prices include museum admission except for Monday, April 6. Questions: contact email@example.com.