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Celebrating Raphael’s Quincentenary
Joanna Mabbutt Wednesday 18 March 2020

When Raphael died on Good Friday, 1520, aged 37, the Pope was devastated, earth tremors were felt around the city and he was buried in the Pantheon, Rome’s noblest building. He was considered the acme of perfection, the only artist who rivalled the greatness of the Ancients, and he would have a profound influence on later painters, from Velasquez to Picasso. Jo Walton looks at his astonishing career and considers his lasting legacy as architect, painter and draughtsman.