We should all be so lucky to have an Italian Palazzo with 25,000 works of art stashed in a vault. Where an art historian discovers a Raphael “copy” that turns out to be real. And worth $30 million dollars.
(Above) The newly re-discovered real Raphael. Thought to be a study for The Holy Family (or The Pearl), c. 1518 (below), located in the Prado Museum, Madrid
Michelangelo (a near contemporary) was jealous of Raphael’s talent and considered him to be an artistic rival. As Michelangelo was creating his masterpiece for Pope Julius II on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael was painting his series of masterpiece murals in four rooms of the Pope’s apartments. Together, with Michelangelo’s ceiling, these apartment frescos define the artistic style of the High Renaissance.
Raphael (Rafaello Sanzio) Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, 1509-1510. Located in the Vatican library of Pope Julius II. A monumental 25 feet wide by 15 feet high.
The School of Athens, 1509. Also located in the library of Pope Julius II, on the wall opposite of The Disputation, and it is also a monumental 25 feet wide by 15 feet high.
Raphael, Sistine Madonna, 1513-1514.
Front and back of same reversible necklace. MARY WITH ANGELS by Lisa Confetti with details of Sistine Madonna by Raphael.
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, Ross King, 2003. Penguin Books, Ltd.
‘Fake’ Raphael turns out to be worth 25 million euro, Nick Squires, May 7, 2010. Telegraph.co.uk.