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Raphael’s Madonnas


LUXE Travellers will be happy to know that seven of Raphael’s Madonnas are coming together under one roof at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie, which kicks off a series of exhibitions dedicated to the Italian Renaissance master on the 500th anniversary of his death.


The exhibitions will be held in Rome, Milan, and London, following the Berlin exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow. The Gemäldegalerie, which is part of the Berlin state collections, already touts an impressive collection of works by Raphael, including five paintings of the Virgin Mary with child, which are rarely seen together. Each of the Madonnas date to the beginning of the 16th century.


For the exhibition, the museum also secured a significant loan of another Madonna that is also one of Raphael’s most famous works: The Madonna of the Pinks. The oil painting shows Mary with her young son seated on her lap, both holding delicate carnations. It is on loan from London’s National Gallery for the first time.


Following the shows in Germany, Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale will open an exhibition dedicated to Raphael on March 5, 2020 in collaboration with the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence, which is lending works for the exhibition. Another major venue will be the Ambrosiana in Milan, where Raphael is a permanent resident by way of his large-scale fresco The School of Athens from 1509. London’s National Gallery will open a major show dedicated to the artist (it owns 11 Raphael paintings) on October 3, 2020. For this season-ender, the National Gallery is procuring loans from the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Museo Nacional del Prado.

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