Italian Renaissance artist Raphael (1483 – 1520) painted works exemplifying his era’s ideals of beauty and harmony. A child prodigy, he exceeded the talents of the leading painter in his hometown of Urbino, Italy when he was 12. Raphael was noted for his brilliant Vatican stanzas, and the Madonnas he portrayed with unprecedented human sentiments. He also masterfully utilized depth, perspective, light and shadow, which made his figures appear warm, serene and lifelike. Pope Julius II’s respect for Raphael was so profound that he had planned to make him Cardinal.
This collotype print was produced in an unknown edition size.
This fine art print is produced using the collotype process, a meticulous printing process that produces extraordinarily detailed reproductions with unparalleled color depth and range. Although collotype printing was replaced by the offset lithography press for commercial printing, it is still used by some fine art printers because of its unique ability to capture microscopic detail and tonal gradations.