Raphael was the son of a painter, and studied with Perugino (c1445-1523). Later whilst living in Florence the influence of the sfumato style of Michelangelo and Leonardo can be seen in much of his work from this period. In 1508 the Pope commissioned him to decorate the private papal rooms of the Sistine Chapel while Michelangeo was working on the ceiling.
In this special film, Evans visits
the V&A and Windsor Castle to reveal
how Raphael made the cartoons which
were used to make tapestries by
specialist weavers in Brussels and
how they come to be at the V&A.
Meanwhile, in Rome, Vatican Museum
Curator, Professor Arnold Nesselrath
explains how Raphael applied his
'universal genius' to sculpture,
architecture and tapestry as well as
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