• Andrea Holgate

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino and The woman who Brought his Name and Worked Back to Life

Updated: Mar 12



April 6, 2020 is the mark of Raffaello's 500th celebration of his works ever since he died at the age of 37. He is an Italian painter and architect who identified his work strategy more in the Early Renaissance between 1400-1500). This artistic strategy highly defines the value of detailed planning before the final piece is worked on.

For this reason, all Raffaello's works have been noted for the clarity of form and ease of composition.

From his Italian descent, Raffaello's work determines the unique type of uniqueness that Italian art is known for. He also follows the Neoplatonic Ideal of Human Grandeur- representing human characters in their best context.

Given the era and Raffaello’s background, one of the most explored themes by the artist includes religious and historical themes.

Madonna and Child is a common theme explored by artists during his time and even among the generation of artists that came after his time. The fascination of artists over the interpretation of how the mother-and-child relationship is presented in every artwork. The message that it carries is more than just religious- it celebrates the natural connection that mothers share with their children. It seems rather distinctive for artists to have their interpretation of this theme.

Raffaello's work is exceptional. He is focused so much about the detail of his works. Because of the detail it has and the fact that this painting does not merely add into the picture of the mother and the child, but a third character in the background that says so much about how he identifies with the notion of mother and children sharing their love and the involvement of other people in the relationship.

Whatever exceptional uniqueness it has, it certainly caught the attention of author and art aficionado Carla Nicole De Petris. Hailing from Northern California, De Petris is an author that defines her exceptional work by looking deeper into the story behind the controversy. In her book about the work of Raffaello, she highlights not only the history of Raffaello but also highlights some of the critical factors determining his behavior and attitude towards art.




More than merely proving that the "Madonna of Divine Love by Raffaello" was created by Raffaello himself, she wants to offer a set of evidence that will lead the reader to create their conclusion of the issue at hand.

Believing that this story is unique, De Petris takes on a more historical narrative than creating her book as a memoir of the artist. She explores more than just the artist's life but the surrounding situation in society during his time. Through this approach, the author believes that she would be able to lead her readers into something that would certainly help them understand the situation much profoundly. De Petris believes that as she brings to life the work of Raffaello, the more it would be possible for her to reach out to individuals who want to learn about the more defined artistic value of the work of some other artists apart from Michelangelo and other more known artists of their era.

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