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Raphael: it’s time we stopped dismissing Italy’s great painter as style over substance

Perhaps the best way to explore the lasting allure of the 16th-century painter Raphael – currently the subject of a blockbuster exhibition at the National Gallery in London – is to start with an explicit moment of rejection.

In 1848, a new group of painters who called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood identified the art of Raphael as a watershed moment for western art.

  • Gabriele Neher
  • The Conversation

They adopted the name “Pre-Raphaelites” to signal their movement’s intention to uphold the qualities that … 

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