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Raffaello 500



Raffaello 500

On April 6, 1520, Raffaello Sanzio, one of the greatest geniuses of the Renaissance, died in Rome.

On the 500th anniversary of his death, while waiting for the places of culture to reopen and allow us to see the works of art live again, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with the network of Italian Cultural Institutes in the world celebrate the great Maestro through numerous multimedia initiatives accessible online.

A collection of in-depth videos dedicated to the figure of the Renaissance Master is now available on the Farnesina's YouTube channel: Raffaello 500: Universal Master.

In this collection it will be possible to view the trailers of the two itinerant exhibitions, Raffaello Opera Omnia and Magister Raffaello; ten "video pills" by scholars and experts on Raffaello, dedicated to lesser known aspects of the Maestro; three virtual visits kindly granted by the Scuderie del Quirinale, dedicated to Villa Madama, the walk in the Raffaello 1520-1483 exhibition set up at the Scuderie and a video that tells about its genesis and objectives in the words of Mario De Simoni, President and CEO of Ales and President of the Scuderie del Quirinale.

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The exhibitions: Raffaello Opera Omnia and Magister Raffaello

Raffaello Opera Omnia

The Farnesina, in collaboration with Raicom, produced and created two virtual exhibitions with reproductions of the Master's paintings in Urbino in high definition entitled Raffaello Opera Omnia, with the scientific advice of Professor Antonio Paolucci.

The first exhibition, entitled Raphael and his madonnas - reflections of heaven on earth, gathers reproductions of 19 works including "The Madonna del Cardellino" (Uffizi) and "La Transfigurazione" (Pinacoteca Vaticana).

The second, Raphael portraitist, retraces Raphael's production of portraits thanks to 14 reproductions, among which the "Portrait of Baldassarre Castiglione" (Louvre), and the "Portrait of a Lady with Unicorn" (Galleria Borghese) stand out.

A third module of the exhibition, including the 36 reproductions of both artistic productions, will be exhibited on the Asian continent.

The exhibitions were inaugurated between February and March in the Tunis and Moscow offices and will continue their tour of the world in 2020 and 2021 thanks to the network of Italian Cultural Institutes and the diplomatic-consular offices of the MAECI.

Magister Raphael

Magister Raffaello is a traveling exhibition that winds along an exhibition path made up of multiple cognitive, visual and auditory systems: six of Raphael's fundamental works are hinged in a great unitary narrative that allows you to understand the profound meaning of the Master's work and its relevance in the history of universal art.

The exhibition, produced by Magister Art and promoted by MAECI, curated by the art historian Claudio Strinati with the support of Federico Strinati and a Scientific Committee of international scope in the context of Raphael's studies, is among the main cultural proposals that will be promoted through the network of Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes in the world.

Magister Raffaello will travel from country to country thanks to modular, flexible and remotely coordinated arrangements. All the contents of the exhibition will also be accessible through a special app available in 5 languages, as well as declined in two distinct paths, one dedicated to adults and one to children.

A lesson with Raphael

Ten in-depth videos to get to know more closely the work, character and relevance of Raphael as a universal artist still able to influence and fascinate the whole world

Waiting to be able to offer a calendar of conferences and meetings through the network of the Farnesina, scholars and experts of Raphael enrich the schedule of the day with short videos in which they invite us to discover lesser known aspects of the Maestro.The insights and contributions by Barbara Jatta (Director of the Vatican Museums), Cecilia Frosinini (Director of the sector of restoration of wall paintings, drawings and prints of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence), Luigi Bravi (President of the Raffaello Academy of Urbino), Marcello Fagiolo (Architectural Historian), Marzia Faietti and Matteo Lafranconi (Curators of the Raffaello 1520-1482 exhibition at the Quirinale Stables), Claudio Strinati (Art Historian), Arnold Nesselrath (Art Historian) and Gabriele Barucca (Superintendent of Archeology , Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Cremona, Lodi and Mantua) are available on the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Raphael at Villa Madama

Thanks to the collaboration with Scuderie del Quirinale, the Farnesina publishes an exclusive video dedicated to Villa Madama created by the National Gallery in London on the occasion of the great exhibition Raffaello 1520-1482. Considered one of the best architectural works by Raphael and designed in 1516-17 on behalf of Pope Leo X, Villa Madama is now the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also courtesy of the Scuderie del Quirinale, the Farnesina is screening online the virtual visit to the Raffaello 1520-1483 exhibition and a video that tells about its genesis and objectives, in the words of Mario De Simoni, President and CEO of Alese and President of the Scuderie del Quirinale.


Date: Da Monday, April 06, 2020 a Thursday, December 31, 2020

Organized by : MAECI

In collaboration with : Raicom

Entrance : Free