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Raphael of Urbino

Raphael—Renaissance Artist: March 27 or March 28, 1483, Urbino, Italy, 9:30 PM, LMT. March 27 is given by Lois Rodden: Fagan quotes Varsi, c. 1511 in AA, 3/1965, and writes “As Florentine time began at sunset of March 27, the painter must have been born, according to Varsi, who said ‘three o’clock into the night,’ actually on Holy Thursday, 3/27/1483, according to modern calculations”. Although other sources state March 28th. Died, April 6, 1520 (OS), Rome, Italy. A discrepancy exists in translating March 28, 1483 from OS to NS.

One method of conversion gives a late Scorpio Moon; the other, a relatively early Sagittarius Moon conjunct Neptune. Mercury is in Aries in the first chart and Taurus in the second.

(Source: according to Marc Penfield, Cyril Fagan who states he was born three hours after sunset.) (Ascendant Scorpio; MC, Virgo; Sun conjunct retrograde Venus in Aries, H5, with Mercury also in Aries; Moon conjunct Neptune in Sagittarius with Uranus also in Sagittarius; Mars in Gemini; Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Libra)


Time is a vindictive bandit to steal the beauty of our former selves. We are left with sagging, rippled flesh and burning gums with empty sockets

1514 Letter to Castiglione:
As for the Galatea, I should consider myself a great master if it had half the merits you mention in your letter. However, I perceive in your words the love you bear me; and I add that in order to paint a fair one, I should need several fair ones, with the proviso that Your Lordship will be with me to select the best. But as there is a shortage both of good judges and beautiful women, I am making use of some sort of idea which comes into my mind.



Italian artist, one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance, deeply admired for his tranquil Madonnas.  Raphael's whole view of nature was ideally beautiful and peaceful.  His father, Giovanni, was a painter at the famous court of Federico of Montefeltro, instructing Raphael on his first fundamentals of art.  He studied and painted in Umbria under the tutelage of Perugino from 1499-1504 when he moved to Florence.  While in Florence, Raphael made the transition from the typical style of the Umbrian school to a more animated, informal manner of painting. 

During his Florentine period, 1504-1508, he produced the famous Madonnas, including "Marriage of the Virgin" and "La Belle Jardiniere."  In 1508 he was called to Rome by Pope Julius II and commissioned to execute four frescoes at the Vatican, at the same time that Michelangelo was painting the ceiling of the Sistine chapel.  He only accomplished two of the four rooms himself, providing the designs for the third and fourth rooms, due to his new assignment as chief architect of St. Peter's Basilica in 1514.  In 1512, he painted his greatest altarpiece "Sistine Madonna," followed by ten tapestries for the Sistine chapel. He was appointed the director of all excavations of antiquities in and near Rome and he also devised the architecture and decorations of the Chigi Chapel and the decorations of the Villa Farnesina.  Among his many superb portraits are "Julius II," painted 1511-1512, and "Baldassare Castiglione" in 1516.  His last major painting was the "Transfiguration" completed posthumously by Giolio Ramano, the most notable of his followers.

Raphael was known as a beautiful youth.  Homosexual, he lived with two young students in Rome, to whom he left all of his money.  Rome was his home for the last 12 years of his life.   

He died on 4/06/1520 OS, Rome, at the age of 37.

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