PRESS CONFERENCE: Raphael (1483–1520). Santa Caterina d’Alessandria
19.03.2018 16:00
To mark the opening of the exhibition “Raphael (1483–1520). Santa Caterina d’Alessandria”, we cordially invite media representatives to attend the press conference on 19 March 2018, at 16.00.

Registration: 15.30–16.00


Thanks to the Marche Region, Embassy of Italy in Latvia and the National Gallery of the Marche, the painting Santa Caterina d’Alessandria by Raphael, an outstanding artist of Italian Renaissance, will be on display from 21 March to 22 April 2018 at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE in Riga (Doma laukums 6). This is the first time when Raphael’s art is exhibited in Latvia.

Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, 1483–1520) is one of the greatest artists of the 15th–16th centuries. He was born in central Italian city of Urbino in the Marche region. Throughout his lifetime Raphael created countless masterpieces and his work always has been admired for its clarity of forms, lightness of composition, sense of harmony, as well as artist’s fascinating mastery of painting female portraits and the poetic, artistically perfect portrayal of Madonnas.


The visitors of the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE will see Raphael’s early work Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (1500–1503) from the collection of the National Gallery of the Marche. This small vertical painting was possibly created as a side part of an altar piece, because both sides of the artwork are painted. On the other side of the painting is an imitation of marble and a circle with an inscription, which spectator could see when the altar was closed. The central part of the altar piece has not survived to this day, but the opposite side panel is in a private collection in USA.



Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Dome Square 6, Riga

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