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Raphael - Currently Unavailable

A three-part profile of Italian painter Raphael (1483-1520). Part One, THE APPRENTICE YEARS, examines his life and career up to the age of twenty-five. In particular, it looks at the ways in which Raphael synthesized the lessons learned from such artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti and how those lessons manifested themselves in his famous Madonna and Child canvases. Filmed in and around Perugia, Urbino, and Florence. Part Two, THE PRINCE OF PAINTERS, discusses Raphael's work for the Vatican in Rome, his designs for the Sistine Chapel (which brought him into conflict with Michelangelo), and his appointment as architect of Saint Peter's. This segment questions whether modern viewers can still respond to great art based on the Christian story, classical humanism, and the love of the Greek ideal. Filmed in Rome. Part Three, LEGEND AND LEGACY, outlines the issues of tradition, continuity, and classical values by looking at the Raphael inheritance. Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Pablo Picasso are just some of the artists who have borrowed from Raphael. Indeed, it has been suggested that the whole idea of "academic art" derives from admiration for him. Filmed in museums and galleries in Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Denmark, and Great Britain. Raphael series.

Curator's Comments: A comprehensive and scholarly survey of the artist's work and an appealing portrait of the man and his times. Raphael is such a seminal artist that most viewers will find something of interest here: an analysis of his major works, his influences and his legacy, visits to locales he painted. First-rate production values. Music is used to good effect and does not intrude.

DATE: 1983

COUNTRY: Great Britain; Federal Republic of Germany

Director/Producer: Ann Turner
Producing Agency: BBC-TV in association with RM Arts

3 parts, 58 minutes each Color

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