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Drawing on the remarkable collection of Raphael’s works in the collection of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, as well as a number of important works on loan, Raphael: Drawings provides insight into this Italian master and his impressive technical versatility. Among the most able draftsmen of his time, Raphael made extensive use of drawings in preparation for his many large-scale works, and over four hundred such studies and sketches survive today. For their painstaking precision and attention to detail, these drawings often stand as works of art in their own right. Highlighting the clarity and careful composition of the drawings, the book sheds light on how Raphael developed and refined some of his best-known works. Sketches of the papal portraits and the Vatican’s Raphael Rooms, for instance, are shown alongside illustrations and close-ups of the completed work.
Through a focus on his drawings and how they informed some of the world’s most identifiable works, this book offers a fascinating new look at this enormously productive master of Renaissance art.
Raphael: Draughtsman and Storyteller
“Mute Poet”: Raphael and Pictorial Narrative
Raphael, Passavant and the Städelsches Kunstinstitut
I. Woman and Child: The Mother of God and the Redeemer
II. Narrative without Plot
III. History Painting
IV. The Chigi Chapel in Santa Maria della Pace, Rome
Technical Glossary on Drawing
Ruth Schmutzler and Anna Motz