Review

For the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, a new book looks at the master's obsession with classical art

By T.j. Collins
September 17 2021 - 2:00pm
The world missed marking 500 years since Raphael's death. Picture: Shutterstock
  • Raphael and the Antique, by Claudia La Malfa. University of Chicago Press, $39.99.

Raphael didn't get the party he should have last year. Five hundred years after the Renaissance master died, racked with fever, in Rome, the coronavirus swept across Italy in a deadly first wave that left more than 30,000 people dead. The anniversary of the great artist's death was just another casualty of the pandemic that has played havoc with so many things we used to take for granted.

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