• Raphael - Magister Raffaello

Explore the life and work of Italian Renaissance artist Raphael in this digital installation and contemporary tapestry marking his 500th anniversary.

Raphael (1483–1520) was a painter, draughtsman, and architect, whose designs for tapestry are considered some of the most important surviving masterworks of the Renaissance. During his brief career, spanning just two decades, Raphael shaped the course of European art, sealing his reputation as a Renaissance Master. 

Through large-scale projections and displays, this exhibition allows you to experience recreations of Raphael's masterpieces including Madonna of the Goldfinch (1505–6, Uffizi), The Deposition of Christ (1507) and The Transfiguration (1516–20, Vatican). You will be guided to a key moment in Raphael's career, the creation of the Papal Apartments at the Vatican, also known as the Raphael Rooms. 

While Raphael is revered for his skill as a painter, he was also a talented tapestry designer. Inspired by Raphael’s genre-defining tapestry designs, known as the  Dovecot weavers have created a contemporary tapestry, interpreting a section of Raphael’s famous Sistine Chapel Cartoon The Miraculous Draft of Fishes (1515-16) (The Royal Collection/V&A). 

RAPHAEL: Magister Raffaello will premiere in the UK as part of Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and Magister Art.

£10.50  (includes entry to Alan Davie: Beginning of a Far-off World)

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Image: Raphael Sanzio, 1506, The Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy. © Gabinetto Fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi


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