How did Raphael fit into the Renaissance

Raffael - the universal genius of the High Renaissance

This autumn, the Albertina is honoring Raffael with 150 paintings and drawings in a large-scale exhibition. Based on the important holdings of the Albertina and supplemented by the most beautiful and important drawings from important museums such as the Uffizi, the Royal Collection of the British Queen, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Vatican Museums and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the monographic show represents thinking and the conception of Raphael at the center: it ranges from the first spontaneous idea sketches, virtuoso detailed studies, through composition studies to the executed paintings.

Whether as a painter and architect in Florence and Rome or on behalf of popes and princes - Raphael is a true universal genius of the High Renaissance, always looking for the equilibrium between imitation of nature and ideality. With around 130 drawings and 18 paintings, the exhibition shows all of the artist's significant projects: from the early Umbrian period (up to 1504) through the years of his stay in Florence (1504 / 1505–1508) to the Roman period (1508 / 1509–1520 ) impressive works from all creative phases can be seen.

But not only Raffael is in focus this autumn in the Albertina, there is also an extensive exhibition dedicated to one of the greatest Dutch artists of the 16th century: Pieter Bruegel. With two great masters of art history, two completely different worldviews face each other. The Albertina offers the opportunity to experience Raphael's aesthetic idealism with the ruthless realism of the moralist.

September 29, 2017 to January 7, 2018

  • 29th September 2017 January 7, 2018 /