Raphael Santi (1919)


Raphael Santi (1919)


Title: Raphael Santi

Author: Edward McCurdy

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, exact date unknown. Previous owner’s inscription on half-title indicates no later than 1919.

Condition: Big, heavy hardcover. Cover (edges especially) dulled and gilt worn off, spine gilt almost entirely rubbed off, corners bumped, spine ends frayed, but otherwise good. Excellent interior with occasional browning, all plates are intact and stunning.


A biography with 20 gorgeous tipped-in plates of Raphael’s paintings. From the Arundel Library of Great Masters. Executed under the supervision of the Medici Society.

About Raphael:

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.

After his death, the influence of his great rival Michelangelo was more widespread until the 18th and 19th centuries, when Raphael’s more serene and harmonious qualities were again regarded as the highest models. His career falls naturally into three phases and three styles, first described by Giorgio Vasari: his early years in Umbria, then a period of about four years (1504–1508) absorbing the artistic traditions of Florence, followed by his last hectic and triumphant twelve years in Rome, working for two Popes and their close associates. (from wikipedia)