Lecture - Raphael: Painter of Perfection by Paula Nutall

At Truro College

Raphael was one of the greatest and most influential of all painters, a superstar even in his own lifetime, who remains a byword for classic perfection. This lecture surveys his life and work, from his origins in Urbino, his early years in Florence, his meteoric rise to fame at the papal court in Rome, to his sudden death at the height of his powers, aged only 37. We look at such masterpieces as the Vatican Stanze, the Sistine Madonna, the Transfiguration and the famous Vatican tapestries, charting his astonishing artistic evolution and explaining his importance in the history of art. 

About the Lecturer
Paula Nutall is Director of  the V&A Medieval and Renaissance Year Course and has been an Accredited lecturer of the Arts Society since 1995. Gaining her BA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute Paula is a specialist in Italian and North European renaissance art.  She has published widely on artistic relations between Italy and the Netherlands in the 15th and early 16th century.  Her book ‘From Flanders to Florence: the impact of Netherlandish Painting 1400-1500. Paula has collaborated on major exhibitions in Italy and America. 

Raphael paintings