ART 4396 – Dr. M. Vaccaro
Research Paper – Raphael
Stanza Della Segnatura: A Challenge to Raphael
Considered to be in “the ‘holy trinity’ of Renaissance painters along with Leonardo and Michelangelo,” Raphael was known to be “more versatile than Michelangelo and more prolific than the older contemporary Leonardo.” Only living until the young age of 37, he definitely made his mark during the Renaissance era with his many drawings, paintings, and pieces of architecture. But the question to discuss is, what made his commissioned work with Pope Julius II more notable and memorable than any other pieces he has created? This paper will cover his biography, his drawing style with a brief overview of his surviving drawings, and one of his most notable commissions, the so-called Stanza Della Segnatura.
Born in 1483 in Urbino, Raphael, or Raphael Sanzio, was the son of Giovanni Santi, who was a court painter. Raphael’s father gave him first instruction in painting and introduced Raphael to humanistic philosophy before his death in 1494. As a child, Raphael’s brief time with his father helped him gain a great deal of knowledge about the arts, literature, and social skills to help Raphael move among the more elite of society and gain art commissions to boost his career as an artist. After his father’s death (1494), Raphael began to run his father’s workshop. After some time, he exceeded his father in talent and began to receive numerous commissions, for