Discovering Raphael

Umbria preserves unforgettable evidences of the extraordinary artistic story of Raphael. There is no area in Umbria that hasn’t been directly or indirectly influenced by the artist.

Raphael was born in Urbino, Marche, in 1483, a period of great splendour for the city because of the lively cultural activity promoted by the court of Federico da Montefeltro. He spent his childhood in the workshop of his father, the painter Giovanni Santi. The first biographies tell that Giovanni decided to send his sixteen-year-old son to learn the art of painting in Perugino’s workshop, then active between Florence and Perugia.

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