(Italian, Marchigian, 1483-1520)
The Sant'Antonio di Padova Altarpiece
(The Colonna Altarpiece), ca. 1504-5
Oil on wood
9 1/4 x 11 3/8 in. (23.5 x 28.8 cm)
© Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Raphael at the Met: The Colonna Altarpiece, exclusively at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art from June 20 through September 3, 2006, reunites the seven panels of the Italian High Renaissance artist's masterwork for the first time since their dispersal in the Seventeenth Century. Exceptional paintings and drawings by Raphael (Raffaelo Sanzio or Santi, 1483-1520) are amply supplemented by those of his noteworthy contemporaries. Assembled together, they describe the poignant moment in the young artist's career when he ventured from his native Urbino to cosmopolitan Florence during a high point in Italy's cultural history.
To read the full review and see further images not displayed here, please see the Special Exhibition Review: Raphael at the Met: The Colonna Altarpiece.