Online: Raphael - Renaissance master revealed

16 July 2021 - 30 September 2021 -
Did you miss last year’s online lecture series Raphael: Renaissance master revealed?

We are delighted to present this this visually stunning series once again for our Members and guests to enjoy from home.

Presented by leading art historians Dr John Gagné, Lorraine Kypiotis and Dr Michael Hill, this highly popular three-part series celebrates the life and legacy of High Renaissance master, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483 – 1520) marking 500 years of his artistic genius and enduring creative influence.

Access all three lectures at a special ticket price and enjoy online at your own pace until 30 August.

Bookings essential. Book now until 5pm Wednesday 29 September for instant access. Lectures will be available for viewing until 5pm Thursday 30 September (access instructions will be provided upon booking).

This program is in collaboration with our partners the Italian Cultural Institute Sydney

Lecture program

Absorbing Raphael: the Renaissance Artist’s Early Years - Dr John Gagné

In a way, Raphael Sanzio’s entire life was made up of early years – he died at thirty-seven, an age when other artists were just coming into their own. Even before the glories of the final decade of his life in Rome, we can already discern in his younger years his exquisite receptivity to a variety of influences: his own father the Umbrian master Giovanni, as well as Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Signorelli, among many others. Alive to their examples, he experimented in media and in subject matter, both secular and sacred. A stylistic sponge, Raphael absorbed and assimilated voraciously. When in his early twenties Raphael arrived in Florence, he not only joined the company of Fra Bartolomeo, Michelangelo, and Leonardo, he also watched them and learned.

Dr John Gagné is a Senior lecturer in History and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney

Raphael in Rome: the Stanza della Segnatura - Lorraine Kypiotis

At age 25 Raphael was summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II (r.1503-13), a man whose ego and ambitions equalled those of the Roman emperors and who wished to restore Rome to its former glory. Julius II chose the young 25 year-old Raphael to paint the various rooms or stanze of the Vatican adjoining the Sistine Chapel. The first to be frescoed was the Stanza della Segnatura (1508-11). Raphael’s frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura, including the magnificent School of Athens, united and integrated the continuous quest for knowledge through reason, revelation, poetic inspiration and law. Here in the stanza Raphael attempts to encapsulate on the vault and the walls all aspects of Man’s life on Earth as divined by God above.

Lorraine Kypiotis is a Lecturer at the department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney

Raphael’s Portraits - Dr Michael Hill

Raphael’s originality shone most brightly in his portraiture. Whether the sitter was a pope or a young bride, his delicate and solicitous sensibility allowed the uncertainty of personality to be pictured as if for the first time. His portraits are never heroic, and instead reveal the problem of the individual threaded into social fabric.

Dr Michael Hill is Head of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Sydney

Online ticketing information

*Bookings can be made up until 5pm Wednesday 29 September 2021
*Upon booking, ticket holders will receive a link to the online lectures via email. There is no view limit on the lectures, however lectures will be accessible only until 5pm Thursday 30 September 2021
*Upon clicking the link, you will be directed to the Gallery’s website to access the lectures
*Please ensure you have a good internet connection to facilitate a quality viewing experience

Online ticketing terms and conditions

*The link provided to you is not to be shared or sold on .Your booking constitutes one ticket. 
*The Art Gallery Society does not take responsibility for any technical difficulties experienced due to personal device failure and will not issue refunds in this situation
*The link to the lectures will only be available until 5pm Wednesday 29 September 2021. If you miss this viewing window, the Art Gallery Society will not issue refunds in this situation