Raphael: the Lord of the Arts

Fourth Art Movie by Sky, Raphael – The Lord of the Arts is the first movie about Raffaello Sanzio. Through docu-film not only about his art but also about his childhood, the impact on his art of his mother death and the love of his life, the daughter of a baker better known as La Fornarina. But in this new Sky work we can see Raffaello through the eyes of the other painters who worked with him and who painted about him.

All alternating with contributions by three of the most important Italian art critics: Antonio PaolucciVincenzo Farinella and Antonio Natali.

Raphael – The Lord of the Arts is a journey not only in Raffaello’s life and art but also through Italy: from Urbino, where as child he used to play in his father’s workshop with brushes and tempera and where he started to work under Perugino‘s guidance; to Rome, town that consacrated him to be the myth. In the middle, Florence where he started to compete against Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

An exclusive for the movie is the Sistine Chapel rethreading as it appeared the night of the 26th December 1519, when, under Michelangelo‘s vault (back then the Universal Judgment didn’t exist yet) seven Raffaello’s tapestries were exposed.

Adult Raffaello is brought on screen by Flavio Parenti(To Rome with Love), Enrico Lo Verso ( Hannibal, Che Guevara, Maltese) is his father Giovanni De’ Santi.

Marco Cocci is Pietro Bembo and Angela Curri is La Fornarina.

18 months of work, 30 days of shooting, a hundred people production team, 200 hours of shooting, 40 tailored costumes (10 original), 70 works of art whose more than 40 made by Raffaello. All with the use of the most 3D UHD and virtual reality state-of-the-art techniques.


“Here lies Raphael, by whom nature herself feared to be outdone while he lived, and when he died, feared that she herself would die.” ( Pietro Bembo on Raphel’s grave at the Pantheon in Rome)



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