Thursday, February 4, 2010

Raphael - Self Portrait

Raphael (1483-1520) - Self Portrait (1506)
San Marino 70 Lira Stamp Issued
Galleria degli Uffuzi, Italy

Raphael created a body of work that is one of the greatest legacies of the renaissance period, with his work being heavily influenced by the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.  This painting was completed in the earlier stages of his career, while he was living and working in Florence.  He would later go on to create many works with unique purity, taste, refinement and excellence. Stamps have used Raphael's art, including: 

He also created many familiar themes that would be copied by future artists:

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