Released in UK cinemas on 23 May, 2017, by Event Cinema distributor More2Screen, Raphael – The Lord of the Arts is the first film adaptation of the life and work of one of the most famous artists in the world, Raphael Sanzio.
Few figures in the history of art have lived a life so full of intensity and fascination. Raphael died young, aged 37, and yet managed to leave an indelible mark on the artistic world. In a well-balanced dialogue between historical reconstruction and expert commentary, the film retraces the most significant moments of Raphael’s life.
Set in 20 locations, two of which are major exclusives – the Vatican Logge and Cardinal Bibbiena’s apartment in the Apostolic Palace (private places not open to the public) – the film explores more than 70 works of art, featuring 30 of the most famous and representative of Raphael’s work, including ‘The Marriage of the Virgin’, ‘Madonna del Cardellino’ (Madonna of the Goldfinch), ‘The School of Athens’ and the Sistine Madonna.
Filmed in both 3D and Ultra HD using the latest cinematic technology, the artworks are revealed in stunning detail on the big screen, set against the backdrop of Italy’s historic landscape and architecture.
Accompanied by illuminating commentary from art historians Antonio Paolucci, Antonio Natali and Vincenzo Farinella, the film takes us on a journey from Raphael’s birthplace in Urbino, to the Florence of Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and finally to Rome and the Vatican, which represent both the peak of Raphael’s brilliant artistic career and its epilogue.
One of the key features of the film is the use of historical reconstructions which immerse the viewer in Raphael’s Renaissance world. These historical reconstructions drew inspiration from significant moments in Raphael’s life as depicted in French paintings dating back to the 18th Century when Raphael was greatly revered.
Actor and director Flavio Parenti (To Rome With Love, Io sono l’amore, Un Matrimonio) plays Raphael Sanzio, his lover La Fornarina is played by Angela Curri (La mafia uccide solo d’estate), with Enrico Lo Verso as Giovanni Santi and Marco Cocci as Pietro Bembo. Set design and costumes are by two of the finest talents in Italian cinema, Francesco Frigeri and Maurizio Millenotti.