Raphael 2012

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/11/2012 05:00
  • Ended: 4/14/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 22
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Raphael 2012
Contest Directions: April 6 is the birthday of one of the greatest artists of all time, Raphael Sanzio, usually known by his first name alone. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of Renaissance masters. Raphael got acquainted with art from his father Giovanni Santi, who was a court painter to the Duke of Urbino. Ironically, April 6 is also an anniversary of Raphael's death - he died on his 37th birthday. Through his short life, Raphael was extremely productive and produced many paintings, frescos, and prints. His "Sistine Madonna" is considered one of the most famous and most loved paintings of High Renaissance.
To celebrate the 529th birthday of Raphael Sanzio, show how Raphael's masterpieces would change if he created them these days. E.g. show how Raphael's would make a living nowadays by designing advertising for modern products and companies, include modern elements in his art works, etc.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/11/2012 05:00
    • Ended: 4/14/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 22
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
22 pictures
  • The Blessing of Chong

    The Blessing of Chong
  • Kirsten Dunst with a Cat as Young Woman with a Unicorn

    Kirsten Dunst with a Cat as Young Woman with a Unicorn
  • Horatio Caine in Raphael Painting

    Horatio Caine in Raphael Painting
  • Portrait of Mr Bean by Raphael Sanzio

    Portrait of Mr Bean by Raphael Sanzio
  • Ladt Gaga in Raphael Painting

    Ladt Gaga in Raphael Painting
  • Girl in Central Park by Raphael

    Girl in Central Park by Raphael
  • Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni in Raphael Painting

    Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni in Raphael Painting
  • The Three Graces Levis by Raphael

    The Three Graces Levis by Raphael
  • Raphael Virginia Slims Advert

    Raphael Virginia Slims Advert
  • Dressed Raphael Painting

    Dressed Raphael Painting
22 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: In 1514 Raphael becomes a chief architect at Saint Paul's Church constructions and is engaged in the census and protection of ancient Roman monuments as a commissioner of Leo X. During this period of time he also creates a wonderful portrait "Woman with a Veil" (La donna velata). No one knows the woman who was modeling for this picture. But when Raphael was still alive there was a rumor that she was his beloved beautiful Fornarina. According to the legend, she was the reason why Raphael rejected a profitable marriage to a daughter of a wealthy aristocrat. Many experts believe that Fornarina's features can be traced in "Sistine Madonna", "St. Cecilia" and "Madonna of the chair". In 1515 Raphael had visitors from a remote monastery in Piacenza. These people belonged to the Order of Saint Benedict and were the so called "Black monks". They commissioned Raphael to create the canvas "Sistine Madonna". Without any help from his pupils Raphael pulls a huge canvas onto the stretcher, primes it and begins to paint. "Sistine Madonna" has become a real apotheosis of Raphael's career. Raphael was not just a gifted artist, he was also a connoisseur of luxury and richness. He was good at presenting himself in public, he could participate in scientific conversations, he was quite handsome and had refined manners. But his innate kindness and modesty stopped him from becoming a snob. Perhaps that is why Raphael was loved and respected by his contemporaries. His closest friend Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi has put a lot of effort trying to marry the artist for many years. But Raphael made excuses referring to the constant lack of time and convinced him to wait for another two - three years. After three years had passed the Cardinal suddenly reminded Raphael about his marriage plans and dropped a hint that one of his nieces would be very glad to share the destiny of the painter. Raphael valued his word too much to refuse his friend categorically but tried his best to delay the date of the ceremony saying that he had no money for the wedding. This might have been possible because by that time Pope Leo X had owed him an astronomical amount of money for the work performed but was not in a rush to pay it off. One night Raphael felt a sudden dejection after a party. The doctors, having decided that the painter had caught a cold, conducted a blood operation a universal remedy from all illnesses at that time. Raphael's condition worsened very quickly and being worried about passing away Rahpael decided to write his death wish. He divided his property and equipment from his studio between his students Giulio Romano and Giovan Francesco and his relative, a priest in Urbino. Raphael confessed and died unexpectedly for everyone on the day of his 37th birthday, April 6, 1520. According to his wish Raphael was buried in the Pantheon, surrounded by people who also brought glory to Italy. The fame of the painter turned out to be so big that his death was then regarded by many people as the death of the art itself. Raphael was one of the few muse servants, that left their trace in centuries. Today, the famous works of the great master of Renaissance are sold for millions of dollars. The last creation of Raphael was "Transfiguration" (in the Vatican Museum); the great artist painted only the upper part of the painting, the rest was completed by his pupils after his death. His life was short but even this time was enough for people to remember him as one of the greatest master of High Renaissance. His sudden death interrupted the competition between two great masters, who participated in the creation and decoration of the Vatican Palace Raphael and Michelangelo, who in spite of being older than Raphael outlived him by many years. His remains were buried with all the honors deserved by such a noble spirit and there was not a single artist who did not burst into bitter tears and did not pay his last tribute to Raphael, Raphael's paintings and frescoes: St. George Fighting the Dragon (1504-06); St. George Fighting the Dragon (1505); Small Cowper Madonna (1505); Deposition of Christ (1507); Portrait of a Cardinal (1510-12); Madonna of the Meadow (1506); The Triumph of Galatea (1512-14); Madonna of the Grand Duke (1504); Young Woman with Unicorn (1505); Portrait of Balthasar Castiglione (1514-15); Pope Leo X with Cardinals (1518); Saint Michael and the Dragon (1505); Sistine Madonna (1515); Woman with a Veil (La donna velata) (1514); Madonna (1515); Transfiguration (1518-20); Mond Crucifixion (1503); Madonna with Child with Young John the Baptist (1505); Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (1504-05); Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1507).