7 November 2012 to 3 February 2013

The show comprised forty-eight drawings by the master of Italian High Renaissance art, nine sheets from the Städel’s own holdings as well as thirty-seven loans from internationally renowned collections like that of Queen Elizabeth II, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, or the Uffizi in Florence. Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, 1483–1520 Rome) ranks among the great protagonists of Italian High Renaissance art, and his works had a decisive influence on European art throughout the following centuries. The admiration he compelled was almost religious both during his lifetime and in later times. Besides his paintings and frescoes, Raphael produced a large number of drawings, which he used as a daily means for exploring ideas, developing compositions, and communicating his thoughts to the assistants in his studio. These valuable manifestations of creativity, which offer the unique opportunity of “watching the artist think”, were the subject of the Städel’s comprehensive exhibition. It was the first show presenting Raphael as a draftsman in Germany.

CURATOR: Dr. Joachim Jacoby and Dr. Martin Sonnabend, Städel Museum