Marking the 500th Anniversary of his death, an immersion into the Renaissance to explore Raphael’s
sublime art. From his extraordinary portraits of women: the Mother, the Friend, the Secret Lover and the Client. From Magia Ciarla, who died when the painter was only 8 years old, to the female admirers who helped him on the road to success, down to and including the woman who, as legend would have it, would lead him to his death. Figures of women that really existed and some that were also products of his imagination. Raphael, (1483-1520), was able to portray an ideal of celestial beauty.
The film tells the story of the artist from Urbino, beginning with his extraordinary early portraits of women – the Mother, the Friend, the Secret Lover and the Client. Delve into Raphael’s uncanny ability to capture celestial beauty, and to focus his gaze beyond the physicality and into the psychology of his subjects (some real, some imaginary) so that their personalities explosively emerge from his canvas.
With fascinating contributions from internationally renowned experts, this special cinema event will uncover the most significant people and places and inspirations in the life and times of Raphael – a Renaissance leader and one of the most spectacular painters in history. This documentary film also enables us to discover the most significant cities and places in the life and times of one of the Renaissance master.
Italy 2020, 90 min, exempt
Directed by Massimo Ferrari