On April 6, 2020, 500 years after the death of the great Italian Renaissance artist, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520), many museums around the world have planned initiatives for this date – exhibitions, conferences, concerts. The Museum of Western and Oriental Art in Odesa has decided to celebrate this anniversary with an exhibition entitled “Raffaello Per Sempre” (Raphael Forever). The exhibition was realized with the support of the Italian Embassy in Ukraine and the Italian Cultural Institute in Kyiv, which from tomorrow June 9 will be open to the public, after having been postponed due to the Coronavirus.
As part of the exhibition will be presented 12 engravings, created by the Masters of Western Europe between ‘500 and ‘800, based on the original works of the great artist, particularly on his paintings, frescoes, tapestries, and paintings.
Raphael was the first Italian painter whose works were reproduced through engravings. He was able not only to spread his art but also to contribute to the formation of reproductive engraving in Europe. Raphael’s worldwide fame also travelled through engravings.