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14 June 2017 | by Laura Gascoigne

The artist who couldn’t say no


Reimagining Raphael in the Vatican
Laura Gascoigne

Raphael: The Lord of the Arts
Sky arts
Raphael: The Drawings
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

“Here lies Raphael, by whom nature feared to be conquered in his lifetime, while on his death she feared dying with him,” reads Pietro Bembo’s florid inscription on the artist’s tomb in the Pantheon in Rome. With the quincentenary of Raphael’s death in 2020, the Vatican Museums have teamed up with Sky Italia on a state-of-the-art biopic of the artist, boasting the latest 3D and 4K technology. It follows the success of collaborations with Sky on 3D films of The Vatican Museums in 2014 and St Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome last year.


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