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The house Museum Rafael: photo description Casa Natale di Raffaello)

The house-Museum of Raphael in Urbino - this is the house where in 1483, the year was born one of the greatest masters of the Italian Renaissance, Raphael. In this house he spent the first few years of his life surrounded by works of his father, Giovanni Santi, an outstanding painter and decorator. Today the house-Museum with its charming courtyard with a well, sink and pestles for grinding paint is one of the most popular attractions of the city. Inside you can see the bedroom of Raphael, the walls of which are well preserved fresco depicting the Madonna and child is one of the early works of the artist.

Despite the fact that now this small and very nice house at Piazzale di Roma is a Museum, it looks like it's still inhabited. It was built in the 14th century, but in 1460, the year it settled Giovanni Santi family. In 1873, the year on the initiative of count Pompeo Gherardi di Urbino, the house was bought by the Academy of Raphael in order to preserve the monument of history and art associated with the name of the great painter. That Raphael was born here, reminds a plaque located on the facade above the ordinary window opening.

The first floor is furnished with pieces of furniture of the 15th century. In the main hall you can see beautiful wooden ceiling with caissons, which exhibits paintings by Giovanni Santi. In the next room are other paintings of the period and copies of the works of Raphael. And the kitchen is fully recreated interiors of the Renaissance. Among the works of art stored in the house, is a portrait of Raphael, of Bramante's drawings and meeting the world-famous Urbino ceramics.

Raphael lived a short 37 years, but very full life. Among the most famous of his works can be called eye-catching "Donna Velata" - portrait of a woman with the veil on her face, which he wrote in 1513, the year. It is believed that this portrait of Margherita Luti, the Baker's daughter from Siena, and beloved by Raphael. She is depicted in the painting "the Fornarina. Work of Raphael can be seen, for example, in the Vatican, and the artist himself is buried nearby in the Roman Pantheon. Today, the young painter from Urbino, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the great geniuses of Italy.