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Renaissance Art:

Raphael Sanzio:

Well hello there everybody, I am Raphael Sanzio, but you can call me Raph! I am here today to answer some of your questions about who you are, why you need to know about me, how I impacted the world today and much more!

First of all I lived in the Renaissance which literally means the Rebirth! This is a time period when art became very different to what it was in the middle ages. Perspective was discovered or invented, they dissected dead bodies to figure out how the human body worked and how to paint people better. We didn’t paint about religion as much, we started painting people more often because we thought that man were important as well.

Well now moving on. I am going to tell you all about MEEE! I was born in 1483 in Urbino, for those of who don’t it is in Italy and I died on April 6th in 1520 in Rome, Italy. Basically I’m an Italian painter. Up until I was eleven, I learnt about art from my father. When I was eleven he died and I move to live with a master in art and I became his aprentice. After studying with him for ten or eleven years, I moved to Florence. Florence was booming at the time. I realised some techniques I had learnt from my master were out of date so I began using different techniques. I was becoming quite well known by this time for my art work!
Then Pope Julius spotted my work and thought it was very good. So he offered me

I was a renaissance painter. I created many beautiful paintings and works of art. I worked in the St. Peter’s Basilica, painting frescos on the walls, I painted many paintings as well such as:

The school of Athens: A Fresco.                                 Madonna of The Goldfinch: A                                                                                                               painting.

Restorations_01      Raphael_painting_0

The people who inspired me and my art work were: My father, Giovanni Santi taught me about art because he was a court painter. Up until I was eleven years of age I lived with him and learnt about art. When I was eleven he unfortunately died. I was then sent to a man who was called Pietro Perugino. I became his apprentice at a very young age and he is the one who taught me most of what I know today. Perugino was a well-respected artist during the Italian Renaissance. “He had painted works in the Vatican , and he also created masterpieces like Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter and The Deposition.” (Ismael, Carlos, Daniel y Raúl.) I studied with Perugino for ten or eleven years. He taught me about perspective, depth and shadowing which had not been used in the middle ages. Shadows, perspective and depth only came about during the middle ages!

My work contained a lot of shadowing, depth and perspective which I picked up while I was studying with Perugino. I painted frescos and paintings mostly. Here are some examples:


This is a fresco called The School of Athens. It is located at the  Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. I painted it roughly between 1509 and 1510.
As you can see I used a lot of perspective, shadowing and colour in this fresco. I used perspective when I painted the arching ceilings. They have perspective because the vey last arch seems further away from the first arch which is perspective. You can see that this fresco uses bright colours.

Restorations_02This is the centre or focal point of the fresco. The people in the fresco are two philosophers called Plato and Aristotle. If you look closely you can see the shadowing in their faces.

During the renaissance some artists cut up dead bodies to see how the body actually worked in order to paint people better and to get the proportions correct.





I think that my work was absolutely beautiful, magnificent and astonishing because I find the way that the shadows and the perspective in the painting make all of my paintings so very beautiful. I think that the way art in itself changed between the middle ages and the renaissance is really rather amazing.

I had a pretty big impact on art in general. If you look at The School of Athens, I was sort of the first guy who didn’t paint about religion I was looking at the world itself. I painted about scholars not religion. So therefore I think that I got people thinking about not painting all about religion and painting about men and the world we live in today.

As an artist I liked to paint frescos and paintings. Frescos for those of you who do not know are paintings painted on walls. For example, there are many frescos on the walls of the Sistine Chapel that I painted with Michael Angelo, another very famous Renaissance painter/sculptor . My paintings are painted on a canvas with oil paints.


Michael Angelo:

Hello I am Michael Angelo. This is a video ALL ABOUT MOI! well first of all I will tell you a little bit about myself 🙂 First of all, I was born on the 6th of March 1475. I was born in modern day Tuscany, Italy.  My father was called: Ludovico di Leonardo di Buonarotto Simoni and my mother was called: Francesca Neri. My mother was very sick and too ill to care for me so I was placed in to the care of a wet nurse. My mother died before I was six years old. Soon my father saw that I was clever. So he sent me to a man called Francesco Galeota who was from Urbino.”Michelangelo made friends with a student, Francesco Granacci six years older than him, who was learning the art of painting in Ghirlandaio’s studio and who encouraged Michelangelo to follow his own artistic vocation.”

The people who inspired me and my artwork are:

Francesco Granacci: He inspired me because he told me to follow my dreams and become whatever I wanted to be and he made me want to become an artist more than ever.

I apprenticed to a Florentine painter called Domenico Ghirlandaio. “My time in Ghirlandaio’s workshop was marked with conflict, and my training there ended after only a year. Although he later denied that Ghirlandaio had any influence on me, I surely learned the technique of fresco painting from him, and his early drawings show some evidence of drawing methods used by Ghirlandaio.” Therefore I was influenced, not so much inspired by Ghirlandaio.

From 1490 to 1492 I lived in the Medici family household. This family accomplished a lot. They were the leading art patrons at the time. I stayed with them for two years looking and learning about all of the art, sculptures and paintings they had accumulated over the years. Therefore this family inspired me also.

As an artist I created my work out of three things mainly; marble (for my sculpting) and paint and canvas (for my paintings.) I also created MANY frescos. I created them using a wall and paint.  “Despite my low opinion of painting, I also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art: The Scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgement on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.” (unknown.)

The Last Judgement:                                                    The Scenes from Genesis:

lastjudgment  michelangelo_plafond



If you look at my frescos you can see some of the techniques I used.

I think that my work was absolutely fabulous the only thing was, sometimes whenever I painted women, they might have looked slightly manly. Other than that I like the way I created art. I didn’t just paint or just sculpt, I did both. I like the way all of my paintings contain different elements to them. I don’t really like some of the pieces I did because they are sort of boring. There is no actions going on in them.

The main things that me as an artist contributed to the renaissance were my unique techniques on shading, colouring and perspective. I was one of the first artists who used these techniques and therefore I passed these skills onto others and thats how I contributed.

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“Raphael Sanzio Biography (1483-1520) – Life of Renaissance Artist.”Totally History Raphael Sanzio Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. <http://totallyhistory.com/raphael-sanzio/>.

Sanzio, Raphael. The School of Athens. 1509-1510. Apostolic Palace, Vatican. Museos Vaticanos. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. <http://mv.vatican.va/1_CommonFiles/z-patrons/Restorations/Restorations_01.jpg>.

Raúl, Ismael, Y, Carlos Raúl, Y, and Daniel Raúl, Y. “Raphael.” Raphael. Ismael, Carlos, Daniel Y Raúl, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. <http://centros5.pntic.mec.es/ies.miguel.fernandez/web/raphael.html>.

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Sanzio, Raphael. Madonna of the Goldfinch. 1503. Uffizi Gallery, Uffizi Gallery.Http://www.sciencebuzz.org/sites/default/files/images/Raphael_painting_0.jpg. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Web.

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