About the Artists

The works of some 70 artists are shown in the exhibition From Raphael to Carracci. Learn more about the most popular ones right here.

Raphael (1483 - 1520)

The leading Renaissance painter, Raphael reinterpreted the art of his 15th-century teachers through his study of contemporary art, and of the art of classical Rome. His graceful, harmonious paintings and frescoes remain among the best-loved of the Renaissance.

Michelangelo (1475 - 1564)

Michelangelo represents the archetype of the artist as troubled genius. His original and exceptionally powerful works often feature heroically strong men and women. He remains one of the most admired and influential artists in history.

Giorgio Vasari (1511 - 1574)

Vasari directed teams of assistants to produce large-scale decorations, and assembled a magnificent collection of artists’ drawings. His critical study of art and architecture, Lives of the Artists is considered the foundation of modern art history.

Francesco Salviati (1510 - 1563)

Salviati’s frescoed wall decorations range from complex, crowded action scenes and allegories to delicate architectural fantasies in the style of ancient Rome. He also created paintings, highly finished portraits, and designs for tapestry and metalwork.

Federico Barocci (1528 - 1612)

Barrocci is generally considered the greatest painter of his time in central Italy. Features of his work – his treatment of space and his delight in fluttering draperies – are thoroughly in the Mannerist tradition of depicting figures to heighten a dramatic effect.

Annibale Carracci (1560 - 1609)

Annibale Carracci opened a painter's studio with his brother Agostino and his cousin Ludovico Carracci. While the Carraccis laid emphasis on the typically Florentine linear draftsmanship, their style, also derived from Venetian painters, an attention to the glimmering colours and mistier edge of objects.