DEAD: Raphael

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Raphael (aged 37)
16th-century Italian painter and architect

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (March 28 or April 6, 1483 – April 6, 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.

DEATH: Raphael’s premature death on Good Friday (April 6, 1520), which was possibly his 37th birthday, was due to unclear causes, with several possibilities raised by historians. Vasari also says that Raphael had also been born on a Good Friday, which in 1483 fell on March 28.

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