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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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The work of Raphael Sanzio is amongst the finest to have come from the influential Renaissance movement, making reproduction prints of his work highly prized

It is both the paintings and drawings that attract attention, offering different styles for different tastes. Smaller prints work well with some of his chalk sketches where detail is simple and precise.

Larger scale prints offer the opportunity to show off the colours used by Raphael in his paintings, though never in the detail where you might see individual brushstrokes.

Several recent exhibitions have also reminded the public of the qualities of his work, some of which focused entirely on his lesser known drawings. Some of his key artworks also draw significant crowds just by themselves, and this helps to ensure that Raphael remains one of the most reproduced artists, year-on-year.

School of Athens, his most critical artwork, continues to be the most popular choice from his extensive career, ranking alongside the likes of Creation of Adam by Michelangelo and, of course, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Besides these three masters, there is also still considerable interest in members of the Northern Renaissance and also the Dutch Golden Age. The classic scenes from the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Bosch and Bruegel continue to amaze and astound. Those four also regularly feature on the walls of art fans.

The Renaissance style tends to be best suited to large frames with a small inlay mat. This helps to separate the artwork from the frame and also leave a traditional, elegant finish which is in keeping with the approach of the Renaissance and Baroque artists.