Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino also known as Raphael had gained a lot of importance due to his charismatic art. He was born on 6 April 1483 and lived till 6 April 1520. Despite his short life he created a huge collection of Renaissance Art that is being appreciated till now. He is counted among the legends like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. He has a grand stature in the artistic world and is known for describing Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur in a flawless manner. Though most people admire his Madonnas and art of the Vatican, his other works are also being appreciated by the art lovers of our century.
The appreciation he has been getting this years has been increasing steadily. Recently at Sotheby’s sale of “Old Master & British Paintings Raphael’s ‘Head of an Apostle’ was sold for a grand amount of $47.9 million. This bid was made at the display organized at the Vatican Museum. The bid was made after 117 minutes of tension in which 4 bidders have tried to acquire the same piece of art. Only one bidder won however and he completed the bid via a phone. It is noteworthy to add that the amount of $47.9 million offered for any work of art is a new record in the history of art. Thus it has made people curious about not only Raphael’s ‘Head of an Apostle’ but his other works as well.
Details on the Artwork
If you are also curious about what is so unique about this sketching that it has secured such a huge amount of money then you must have a look at it once. Here is an attempt from our side to describe this amazing art a little. Head of an Apostle is basically a sketch that has been created with the help of a black chalk. It measures around 15 inches by 11 inches and has succeeded in attracting the attention and appreciation of several modern artists and the art lovers alike. People from all over the globe have witnessed the masterpiece and praised it with love and passion.
Head of an Apostle is a part of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth which was the ancestral home of the 12th Duke of Devonshire. It is being assumed that the proceeds of the sale will go towards the upkeep of the estate. This great piece of art is also a part of Raphael’s Transfiguration which is unquestionably one of the greatest of all Renaissance paintings. Raphael’s Transfiguration is now increasing its value by being present at the Vatican Museum, Rome. It is also important to add that when Raphael died, his body was laid out in state in his studio and the Transfiguration was left hanging at his head.
A Brief on Raphael’s Life
It is pertinent to add that Raphael learned the skill of creating fantastic art pieces under the guidance of his father, Giorgio Vasari who was a painter himself but did not achieve the success his son achieved in life. Raphael was influenced by several artists of Rome and Florence and started displaying his artistic abilities at the tender age of 11. Then he underwent an apprenticeship under Umbrian master Pietro Perugino. He produced his first work in 1501. His work is generally categorized in 3 phases, 1st was mostly influenced by the work of his teacher, 2nd
was known as Florentine period in which he explored the city for four years and lastly his final years in which he produced most of his best works. He also managed a workshop of 50 students and assistants.
Raphael’s Work has been making Records since Last 50 Years
Most of the art lovers who are fan of Raphael’s great work are aware of the fact that the Head of a Young Apostle is actually the third piece of work by Raphael that has been sold in the last half century. Incidentally all of these three paintings made a new record in the bidding and achieved a huge amount of money. The last one that made a new record due to its high price was Head of a Muse that collected a huge amount of $47.9 million. Head of Muse is also a sketch made up with the help of a black chalk was sold by Christie in the year 2009.