The Raphael Problem

A Conversation with Dr. Sheryl E. Reiss

Raphael’s painting “The Self-Portrait with a Friend.”
Jul 12

About the Event

April 6, 2020 marked the 500th anniversary of the death of the Italian “High Renaissance” master Raphael at the young age of 37. In his all-too-brief career, Raphael worked for an array of patrons including popes Julius II and Leo X, and during his lifetime he was praised as “the Prince of Painters.” Despite his great fame, in this country his contemporaries Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo are far better known and admired. Graham School Instructor and Newberry Library Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Sheryl E. Reiss discusses what she calls “the Raphael Problem,” making a case for why Raphael is one of the most consequential artists in the Western tradition.

Who's Speaking

Sheryl Reiss

Sheryl Reiss

Open Enrollment Instructor