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Raphael was an Italian painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance. Raphael is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure compositions in the Vatican in Rome. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur.

Raphael's father was a painter, so he encouraged Raphael to paint at an early age. He also was trained by Timoteo Vinti, whose influence led him to paint one of his most famous works, The Knight's Dream. In 1499 he went to Perugia, in Umbria, and became a student and assistant of the painter Perugino. He followed Perugino's style so closely that historians are often confused as to which painting were done by which one of them.

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