Went to see the Raphael: From Urbino to Rome exhibition at the National Gallery.
This was great. The exhibit stresses the artist’s formative years and ends with his grave, fully matured portrait of Pope Julius II (1511) and his "Veiled Lady" (1512-13). The show is especially intelligently arranged and features a lot of Raphael’s unknown drafts and works-in-progress, which add extra light on his way to work and his progress over time.

Some links: Guardian article, NYT & Telegraph’s reviews.

Picture: Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

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