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Italian painting

Eni is the main sponsor of this exhibition, which is also made possible by additional support from Gide Loyrette Nouel.

This unprecedented exhibition, organized by the Louvre in partnership with the Prado Museum, brings together the works produced by Raphael in Rome during the last years of his short life.

This was the period in which his style attained its full maturity, marking without a doubt the apogee of the Italian Renaissance. All of the works presented—church altarpieces, paintings for private devotion,  official portraits contrasted with remarkably subtle portraits of friends, as well as a selection of the artist’s most beautiful drawings—attest to Raphael’s extraordinary inventiveness, technical perfection, and unequaled sense of grace.

But Raphael was far from a solitary genius. He worked with the aid of numerous disciples in order to fill the many commissions he received. Apart from their contributions to the work of Raphael, Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni also worked independently on their own projects in his studio. For the first time, the master’s works are presented alongside those executed by his pupils during his lifetime and in the years immediately following his death. The aim is to facilitate an understanding of the extent of involvement of Raphael and his collaborators, underscoring at the same time the intellectual and  aesthetic contributions made by the latter to the works bearing the master’s signature.


Organized by:

Paul Joannides, Cambridge University, and Tom Henry, University of Kent.
Vincent Delieuvin, curator, Department of Paintings, assisted by Cécile Beuzelin, Department of Paintings, Musée du Louvre, and Miguel Falomir, chief curator, Department of Italian Paintings, Museo del Prado.

Practical information

From October 11, 2012 to January 14, 2013

Napoleon Hall

Opening hours
Open every day (except Tuesday) from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m.

Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Exhibition “Late Raphael” only: €12
Permanent collections + the exhibition “Late Raphael”: €15
Under-18s, the unemployed, and holders of the “Louvre Jeunes”, “Louvre Professionnels”, or “Amis du Louvre” cards may access the exhibition directly without waiting in line and free of charge.

Further information
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

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