• Raphael and Women

“Raphael was a very amorous man who was fond of women, and he was always quick to serve them.” - Vasari.  Raphael was notorious for his love of women. After all, it was an affair which was rumoured to have caused the fever that killed him. From Madonnas to mistresses, join us as we discuss the centrality of women in Raphael’s paintings. 

Dr Sheryl E Reiss, writer and scolar in residence and newbury Libary in Chicago explores how female patrons helped shape Raphael's all-to-brife career and his painted works intended for female viewers.



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