Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino


News: A drawing by the Italian Renaissance painter Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, a.k.a. Raphael, sells for an impressive £29.7 million or $47.8 million.

The buyer likes to stay anonymous. It isn’t me, is it you?

Ever since I’ve read about this in our newspaper, I’ve been looking at the drawing and admiring it. I’m happy such a high price has been paid for it. It tells me that beauty and art are still recognized and valued.

Raphael Head of a Young Apostle, Raphael. Sold for 48 million.

This is by all means hopeful news, isn’t it? Despite of economical bad times, there are people who are willing to pay millions for art.

I’ve decided to use the Christmas holidays to start a new project. I will be drawing, free hand, a few works by Raphael. By drawing Raphael’s artwork, I will celebrate his giftedness and his unbelievable talent. I will also come to understand more about how he worked. Meanwhile, I will learn from Raphael’s drawings. I also like to get so much absorbed in Raphael’s artwork, that hopefully, I will start dreaming about his world too. This might sound strange, however fellow artists understand that dreams can be very inspiring. Finally, I will be able to fully enjoy the exhibition of some of Raphael’s drawings in the Dutch Teylers museum (Haarlem). By drawing his work, I will be able to see and enjoy more details, technique, and beauty.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

8 thoughts on “Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

  1. It isn’t me either! It’s not hard to understand why someone would trade his currency for something of lasting value considering what central banks are doing, but I won’t turn your lovely blog into a soapbox for political commentary. Congratulations to the anonymous purchaser for making a good decision.


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