The 120 drawings on display are taken from across Raphael’s brief but brilliant career, taking visitors from his early career in Umbria through his radically creative years in Florence to the period when he was at the height of his powers in Rome, working on major projects such as the Vatican frescoes. Fifty works come from the Ashmolean’s own collection, the largest and most important group of Raphael drawings in the world. The remaining drawings come from international collections and include The Head of a Muse (private collection) which broke the records when auctioned at Christies in 2009. The exhibition aims to transform our understanding of Raphael through a focus on the immediacy and expressiveness of his drawing. Find out more about the Raphael exhibition from the Ashmolean’s website.
Read an introduction from the curator of the exhibition here.
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