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Raphael 500: all 2020 events dedicated to Raphael

In 2020, Italy will pay homage to the great Raphael, on the 500th anniversary of his death, with a rich calendar of exhibitions and cultural events: his birth city of Urbino will honor  him exceptionally; however,  major events are also scheduled in Rome, Perugia, Milano and more. Here is  the full schedule of events for the celebrations of Raphael 500.

Baldassarre Castiglione – Urbino

 

Portrait of Baldassarre Castiglione, Raphael

Portrait of Baldassarre Castiglione, Raphael

Awaiting the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, Urbino, his hometown, has in store several events and exhibitions dedicated to the artist. Between April and October 2020, the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, located in the Ducal Palace of Urbino, will host “Baldassarre Castiglione”: an  exhibition focused on  the famous and multifaceted humanist at the service of the Urbino Ducal court, who was also a skilled diplomat and politician, and connected to Raphael by esteem and friendship.

Sul filo di Raffaello e Raphael Ware - Urbino

 

Raphael Ware poster – Ducal Palace of Urbino, Marche

Raphael Ware poster – Ducal Palace of Urbino, Marche

In 2020, “Sul filo di Raffaello” will display the drafts created  by Raphael for the tapestries of the Sistine Chapel; in addition, until 13 April 2020, “Raphael Ware. I colori del Rinascimento” (The Colors of Renaissance), will show 157 refined examples of Renaissance majolica  hailing from the biggest private collection in the world, made by artists from Urbino inspired by Raphael’s  genius.

Raphael: from his origins to the legend - Urbino

 

Poster of Raffaello, dalle origini al mito – Raphael’s birthplace, Urbino, Marche

Poster of Raffaello, dalle origini al mito – Raphael’s birthplace, Urbino, Marche

From 2 March to 6 April 2020, Casa Santi, Raphael’s birthplace in Urbino will host “Raffaello: dalle origini al mito” (Raphael: from his origins to the legend”): more than just an exhibition, it will be a digital storytelling event in the form of workshops, interactive experiences and virtual paths in the rooms  where the great artist was born and grew up.

Raphael and Angelo Colocci - Jesi

 

The School of Athens – Vatican Museums

The School of Athens – Vatican Museums

From 3 April 2020 to 31 January 2021, the Fondazione Angelo Colocci in Jesi will host the event “Raffaello and Angelo Colocci”, in collaboration with the Vatican Museums. Original documents and multi-media reconstructions will tell about the exchange between Raphael and the humanist from Jesi Angelo Colocci, an exchange that contributed to the creation of the famous painting The School of Athens.

The Madonna of Loreto by Raphael - Loreto

 

Madonna of Loreto, Raphael

Madonna of Loreto, Raphael

Loreto, located in the province of Ancona, from 4 April to 5 July, will host the exhibition “La Madonna di Loreto di Raffaello” (“The Madonna of Loreto by Raphael”), that will illustrate the events linked  to the well-known painting “Madonna of the Veil” (or “Madonna of Loreto”). In addition to two valuable versions of the painting, works by Parmigianino and Sebastiano del Piombo will also be on display.

Raphael, an impossible exhibition – Ancona Airport

 

Poster of “Raffaello una mostra impossibile” – Ancona Airport

Poster of “Raffaello una mostra impossibile” – Ancona Airport

Raffaello, una mostra impossibile” (“Raphael, an impossible exhibition”) was inaugurated on 23 November 2019 inside the Ancona-Falconara airport ( in honor of Raphael Sanzio), with an exhibition of 45 paintings by Raphael – including the famous School of Athens – reproduced in 1:1 scale, all works usually scattered in 17 different countries. The exhibition is a travelling exhibit: after Ancona, in February 2020 the exhibition will move to the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris and later to other European cities.

Raphael, Scuderie del Quirinale - Rome

 

Madonna of the Rose, Scuderie del Quirinale - Rome, Lazio

Madonna of the Rose, Scuderie del Quirinale - Rome, Lazio

We will have to wait until spring 2020 for the big monographic exhibition “Raffaello”, which will be held in Rome, in the Scuderie del Quirinale, from 5 March to 2 June. Nearly two hundreds masterpieces will be in display, including paintings and drawings, for the first time gathered in a single exhibition space, as a result of an unprecedented collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery, the Vatican Museums and museums from all over the world. This maxi exhibition will give the opportunity to admire masterpieces like the well-known “La Velata” from the Uffizi, “The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia” from the Pinacoteca di Bologna, the “Alba Madonna” from the National Gallery of Art of Washington, the “Portrait of Baldassarre Castiglione” from the Louvre, and the “Madonna of the Rose” from the Prado Museum. The exhibition will show the most fruitful period of the Urbino-based artist – that of his stay in Rome – and will tell about Raphael’s entire creative career.

Raphael and the invention of the grotesques - Rome

 

Sala Ottagona, Domus Aurea - Rome, Lazio

Sala Ottagona, Domus Aurea - Rome, Lazio

Rome will honor Raphael with two more events: in March, Sala Ottagona of the Domus Aurea,  will host the exhibit “Raffaello e l’invenzione delle grottesche” (“Raphael and the invention of the grotesques”): multi-media installations that will retrace the epic story of the Domus Aurea and its celebrated decorations that inspired Raphael so much. From 25 April, the complex of Capo di Bove, in the Archaeological Park of the Appian Way, will dedicate an exhibition to Raphael’s role as superintendent  of the heritage of Rome: it will focus on the letter sent by Raphael and Baldassarre Castiglione to Leo X, considered a historical turning point for the preservation of the ruins of ancient Rome.

Raphael at the Vatican

 

Oddi Altarpiece, Raphael

Oddi Altarpiece, Raphael

As for the Vatican, from 17 to 23 February the cycle of tapestries created by Raphael for Pope Leo X will return to  their place of origin – the walls of the Sistine Chapel - while the Pinacoteca Vaticana, in conjunction with the final restoration of the “Oddi Altarpiece” with the crowning of the Virgin, will inaugurate the new Raphael Hall. Finally,  Vatican, from 20 to 22 April,  will host an international congress on Raphael.

Raphael 2020 -  Milan

 

Rapahel 2020 poster, Museo della Permanente - Milan, Lombardy

Rapahel 2020 poster, Museo della Permanente - Milan, Lombardy

From 4 October 2019 to 20 February 2020, the Museo della Permanente in Milan is hosting “Raffaello 2020”, not just an exhibition but a real multi-media immersive path made of images and sounds, recollections and sensory suggestions. The path, with a duration of about 75 minutes, winds through five different rooms: you pass from an introduction area where you are offered an unreleased tale of the artist’s life, till the core of the experience: the immersive area, that spreads out in a 360° perspective, from floor to ceiling and to the walls of the hall. Visitors-viewers are transported into the XVI century dimension to get them inside the works by Raphael, making them live again in a total unusual way.

Young Raphael in Città di Castello and his gaze - Città di Castello

Young Raphael poster in Città di Castello - Umbria

Young Raphael poster in Città di Castello - Umbria

Umbria is getting ready to celebrate the fifth centenary of Raphael’s death with “Raffaello in Umbria”, an initiative to enhance the places and the works that Raphael created  during his stay in Umbria. In Città di Castello, where Raphael took his first steps as an artist, you can still admire the “Banner of the Holy Trinity”, kept in the Renaissance palace of the Pinacoteca Comunale. Here, from October 2020 to January 2021, there will be the exhibition “Raffaello giovane a Città di Castello e il suo sguardo” (“ Young Raphael in Città di Castello and his gaze”) that will highlight the features of Raphael’s first steps as an artist.

The good fortune of the Baglioni altarpiece through its copies - Perugia

 

Baglioni altarpiece, Raphael

Baglioni altarpiece, Raphael

Perugia, from October 2020 to January 2021, will host at  its Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, the exhibition titled “La fortuna della Pala Baglioni di Raffaello attraverso le sue copie” (“The good fortune of the Baglioni altarpiece through its copies”), which will retrace the sequence of events connected to the “The Deposition” by Raphael, stolen from the church of San Francesco al Prato, in Perugia, in 1608. Again in Perugia will be shown the result of the restoration of the fresco depicting the “Holy Trinity and Saints” in the Cappella Sansevero.

The “Madonna del velo” by Raphael in display at the Museo Diocesano of Matera

 

Madonna of the Veil - Matera, Basilicata

Madonna of the Veil - Matera, Basilicata

From 22 December 2019 to 7 April 2020 at the MATA – Museo Diocesano of Matera will host an exhibit displaying  the famous oil painting “Madonna of the Veil”, kept at the Museo Condé of Chantilly now in the Cathedral of Toledo.