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Raphael: The Small Cowper Madonna
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[Italian High Renaissance Painter, 1483-1520]

• Also known as:  Raffaello Sanzio
Raffael Santi
Rafael Sanzio de Urbino
• Relationships: Son of Giovanni Santi.
Studied under Pietro Perugino.
Raphael's students included Giulio Romano, Giovan Francesco Penni, Perino del Vaga, Polidoro da Caravaggio and Garofalo.
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Original works by Raphael available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteAlte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!
Many works online

Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The Holy Family (The Madonna with Beardless Joseph), 1505-06
The Virgin and Child (The Madonna Conestabile), 1504

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Exhibition: Raphael at the Getty

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
6 works online by Raphael

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
See the "Italy 15th - 16th centuries" section

Notable SiteKunsthistorisches Museum Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Notable SiteLiechtenstein Museum, Vienna
Portrait of a Man, ca.1502-04 (Zoom)

Notable SiteRaphael at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Head and shoulders of a woman, in three-quarters profile facing left, with folded arms, ca.1505-07

Notable SiteRaphael at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (1478–1529)

Notable SiteRaphael at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Saint Catherine of Alexandria, 1507-09

Notable SiteRaphael at the Louvre Museum, Paris
Saint Michael Overwhelming the Demon

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Database, Paris
9 paintings and 1 drawing

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  
Many copies after Raffaello Santi (Raphael) and works on paper attributed to his atelier; the works on paper by the artist himself begin around page 86

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!  

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK
How to Spot a Raphael: The Madonna of the Pinks

Notable SiteNational Gallery, London, UK

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California

Notable SitePrado Museum Database, Madrid   NEW!
(Linking to the Spanish-language version because it contains far more works than the English version)

Notable SiteRijksmuseum, Amsterdam   NEW!

Notable SiteSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Notable SiteThe Royal Collection, London, UK

Notable SiteVatican Museums, Vatican City
Paintings from the Raphael room of the Pinacoteca

Notable SiteVatican Museums, Vatican City
The Raphael Stanze

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
The Three Graces, red chalk drawing, ca.1517-1518

Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
99 works by or related to the artist

Drawings from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK   NEW!

Galleria Borghese, Rome
The Deposition

Galleria Borghese, Rome
La Fornarina

Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome (in Italian)  
Double Portrait

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Marche Region Museums, Italy
La Muta (The Silent One)

Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, Italy

Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese)  

Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
The Woman with the Veil, ca.1516

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
St. Jerome Saving Sylvanus and Punishing the Heretic Sabinianus, 1502-03

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  

Philadelphia Museum of Art   NEW!

Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City
Cardinal Aenes Sylvius Piccolomini Presents Eleanor of Portugal to Emperor Frederick III, ca.1502-03

Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (in Italian)  
2 works online

Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia, Italy (in Italian)  

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
The Sistine Madonne, 1512/13

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (in German)  

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (in German)  
God Appearing to Isaac, Who is Asking for Rebecca's Pregnancy

State Museums of Florence, Italy
Portrait of Bindo Altoviti, ca.1512
Madonna dell'Impannata

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Denmark), Copenhagen
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Studio Esseci, Italy (in Italian)  
Click "Immagini" to see a large image from a 2004-2005 exhibition

Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands   NEW!
Works from the museum's drawings and engravings collection

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Raphael at the The British Museum, London, UK

The Wallace Collection, London, UK   NEW!

The Walters Art Museum, Maryland   NEW!

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

Virtual Uffizi
Saint John the Baptist in the Desert
Pope Julius II

Virtual Uffizi
6 paintings online

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Art Fund for UK Museums
7 works online when last checked

Joconde Database of French Museum Collections (in French)  

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
Madonna of the Goldfinch (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
Portrait of Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de' Medici and Luigi de' Rossi (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Notable SiteGoogle Art Project
Mary with the Child, John the Baptist and a Holy Boy (Madonna Terrranuova) (Gemäldegalerie, Berlin)

Notable SiteRaphael at The Art Renewal Center

Notable SiteRaphael at The Artchive  

Notable SiteRaphael at The Athenaeum  
Numerous works online

Notable SiteWeb Gallery of Art  

Notable SiteWebMuseum  

Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

1200 Years of Italian Sculpture (mostly in Italian)  
The Drawings of Raffaello Sanzio

Aiwaz Panopticon
Many works online

Image archive with zoomable images

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

California State University WorldImages Database  


Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

Humanities Web  

Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Imaging Project  
Villa Farnesina Frescoes

Mondo Mostre, Milan (in Italian)  
Highlights from the 2006 exhibition Raffaello: da Firenze a Roma

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Olga's Gallery

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

State Hermitage Museum Unofficial Site

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Miscellaneous Sites:
ArtWatch International
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Raphael's Portrait of Leo X with Cardinals, before and after restoration

Columbia University Visual Media Center
Exploration of Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura fresco at the Vatican

Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation

Mistica info (in Italian)  
Santa Caterina d'Alessandria

The Modernist Journals Project
(Click "Retrieve Images" to see artworks)

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Raphael  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

"The Philosopher as Hero: Raphael's The School of Athens"

Artnet Magazine
Study of a Seated Female, Child's Head and Three Studies of a Baby, ca.1507-08

Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists
Biography of the artist. Detailed, but Vasari's anecdotes are sometimes inaccurate.

International Herald Tribune (now part of the New York Times organization)
"Raphael's Studio and Legacy," article by Roderick Conway Morris

International Herald Tribune (now part of the New York Times organization)
"Emotions Beneath the Paint," article by Souren Melikian

International Herald Tribune (now part of the New York Times organization)
"Raphael and his Madonna masterpiece," article by Souren Melikian

The Guardian Newspaper, UK
Essay on Pope Julius II, 1511-12

The London Evening Standard
"Don't save this painting", 2003 article by Brian Sewell

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Drawings of Raphael

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Mourning into Joy: Music, Raphael, and Saint Cecilia

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Raphael's 'School of Athens'

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Raphael: The Stanza Della Segnatura

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Masters of Art: Raphael

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Raphael: The School of Athens

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Raphael and His Circle: Drawings from Windsor Castle

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Raphael: The Paintings


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