Where Raphael's Artwork is Displayed
You will find Raphael's artwork and architectural design in the following museums, churches, and buildings:
- Vatican Museums, Rome (most famously the frescoes in the Raphael Rooms, or Stanze)
- St. Peter's Basilica, Rome (contributions to floor plan)
- Villa Farnesina, Rome
- Borghese Gallery, Rome
- Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome
- Sant'Agostino Basilica, Rome
- Sant'Eligio degli Orefici church, Rome (architectural design)
- Chigi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo church, Rome (architectural design, Sibyl frescoes, and dome mosaic design)
- Uffizi Gallery, Florence
- Pitti Palace, Florence
- Brera Gallery, Milan
- National Art Gallery of Bologna, Italy
- National Gallery of the Marche, Urbino, Italy
- Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy
- Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia, Italy
- National Museum of Capodimonte, Naples
- Louvre, Paris
- Musée Condé, Chantilly, France
- National Gallery, London
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England
- Royal Library and Print Room, Windsor Castle, England
- British Museum, London
- Prado Museum, Madrid
- Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany
- Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
- Alte Pinakothek, Munich
- Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
- Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
- Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
- National Gallery, Washington DC
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
- São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo, Brazil
Trivia About Raphael:
- Raphael's Esterhazy Madonna was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest in 1983, but was later recovered at an abandoned Greek convent near Aigio.
- According to Vasari's biography, Raphael was born on Good Friday, and died on Good Friday.
Giorgio Vasari, biographer of Raphael ('Lives of the Artists,' 1550)
- The painting below was discovered in 1938 in Bogotá, Colombia. It was authenticated the next year in New York, and taken to Chicago for restoration. It was named the Madonna of Bogotá. Its current whereabouts are unknown, but there is speculation that it 'lives' in a vault somewhere in New York. It parallels the Madonna of the Rose almost exactly.
Madonna of Bogotá
- When Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres painted Henry IV Playing With His Children, he payed homage to Raphael by including the Madonna della seggiola in the background of the painting. Click on the full Ingres painting below to see the Madonna on the wall behind the main scene.
Madonna della seggiola
Henry IV Playing With His Children
- Many of Raphael's masterpieces were looted by French armies under Napoleon in 1799, but many were later returned in the early 1800s.
- The set of seven tapestries that Pope Leo X commissioned about the Acts of the Apostles was woven in Brussels at the workshop of Pieter van Aelst. Later, a similar set was commissioned by Henry VIII of England.
Pieter van Aelst