TUTTO RAFFAELLO -The Complete Works of Raphael Sanzio from Urbino – MASTERCLASS – Virtual Tour
Mario gave me and my friends an online presentation about Leonardo da Vinci as a man and painter.
It was a great experience in this lockdown town: we had a... read more interesting and inspiring night toghether with friends each in his own house.
Sitted on the sofa, a glass of red wine in one hand and enjoying the great paint on the flat screen.
Of course there are thousands of video in YouTube but this is a really interactive experience, you can ask your curiosities and share your comments with your friends.
Also the kids were entertained and fascinated!
Really to advice!
I have been joining The Grand Tout Italy Virtual Tours regularly in 2020 and 2021. They are informative and entertaining - and can be joined from wherever you are in... read more the world. I have even been "on tour" when I was on holiday somewhere else in Australia - away from my home town - just by opening my laptop!I Mario is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but has a gift for how to select, package and present information (in this case for online tours) - a rare skill I think. I miss seeing Italy in person because of these very uncertain times - but joining a virtual tour with Mario is the next best thing. Highly recommended.
Mario was engaging and professional from the booking process through to the end of the tour. He was able to read the mood of the 2 couples and immediately... read more joined right in with our senses of humor. His knowledge of history and the city of Rome was refreshing. I recommend him very highly.
Wonderful bespoke tour of the Etruscan Necropoli, hill towns in Abruzzo and fantastic day trips in the Maiella and Gran Sasso National Parks. This was a 5 star once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Mr. Bernardi is a knowledgable. professional,and enthusiastic tour guide.
He explains in a remarkable way the story behind the Sistine Chapel's stunning ceiling, sharing details and facts going... read more along with everything.
During the "walk" my attention and interest were highly engaged throughout the virtual tour which allowed me to view the beauty of the paintings up close.
It blew my mind!
I highly suggest this virtual tour. It is a MUST.
My first virtual tour. And I Invited some clients of mine. Total we had 14 on the zoom virtual tour of the secrets of the Vatican. We all LOVED IT.... read more I was pleasantly surprised with how much you still get to see and take in and learn even not being there in person. Mario did a great job navigating through the different platforms and resources he uses to do his tour. He is incredibly knowledgeable and made it fun too! He was funny and my group all enjoyed it. We could have kept listening to him talk. Learned a lot and it was so awesome to see all the beautiful architecture, paintings, and statues. It's incredible. I can't wait to be there again some day in person. But for now virtual will have to do and this is the best way to do it. I look forward to doing another virtual tour with Mario! Thank you!
Mario Bernardi’s Masterclass on Raphael
Welcome to Mario Bernardi’s Masterclass on Raphael, an immersive journey into the life and works of one of the greatest artists in history. Raphael, a prodigy from Urbino, passed away on April 6, 1520, at the mere age of 37. Yet, in just two decades, he transformed the course of art history, becoming a cornerstone whose influence resonated through the next four centuries.
This masterclass offers a comprehensive exploration of Raphael’s complete works, from his early beginnings influenced by Perugino to his monumental projects in the Vatican and Papal commissions, culminating in the ‘Transfiguration’. Mario will guide you through Raphael’s astonishing yet brief career, where he not only created exquisite portraits and Madonnas but also led major architectural projects, including work on St. Peter’s Basilica.
Raphael’s art, characterised by evolving innovation yet rooted in classical traditions, set a benchmark for beauty and creativity. His solutions, poetic expressions, and ever-evolving artistry are a testament to his genius, challenging and inspiring artists who followed. Join us as we delve into Raphael’s life, understanding how his works became a touchstone for generations of artists, and uncovering the depths of his influence on the beauty and craftsmanship in the world of art.
Vol I: Raphael of Urbino: From Early Beginnings to Works in Umbria
In this first volume, we delve into the life of Raphael, a master whose artistry began in the quaint streets of Urbino. Born to the painter Giovanni Santi, Raphael’s talent was nurtured early in his father’s workshop. Despite the tragedy of losing his father as a teenager, Raphael’s resilience and passion for art kept the workshop thriving. This volume explores his collaborations with renowned artists like Perugino and Pinturicchio, highlighting his early works for affluent families in Central Italy, especially in Umbria. Discover lesser-known facts about his early influences and the evolution of his unique style in this engaging journey through Raphael’s formative years.
Vol II: Florence, the School of the World: Leonardo vs. Michelangelo
1504 marked a year of turmoil in Italy, yet it was a golden era for art in Florence. Renowned masters like Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo were creating their masterpieces in this free Republic. Amidst this, Raphael, driven by ambition, arrived in Florence. This volume captures his four transformative years in the city, where he was both a student and a rival to the greatest artists of his time. We unravel the dynamics of this artistic haven and Raphael’s quest for greatness, offering insights into his interactions and inspirations drawn from the artistic giants of the Renaissance.
Vol III: From Florence to Rome: The Rise of a Master
After his formative years in Florence, Raphael’s journey took a momentous turn when he was invited to Rome by Pope Julius II. This volume explores Raphael’s transformative Roman period, highlighting his significant works in the Vatican, including the famed Raphael Rooms. We uncover how Rome became the canvas for his genius, showcasing his evolution from a painter to a master of diverse artistic disciplines. This segment also offers insights into his lesser-known architectural works, solidifying Raphael’s reputation as a versatile and pioneering artist of the Renaissance.
Vol IV: Gli Anni del Trionfo Romano (The Years of Roman Triumph)
Raphael’s Roman period was marked by an array of artistic triumphs, encompassing painting, architecture, and beyond. In this volume, we delve into his most prolific years, where he served multiple Popes and noble families, not just in Rome but across Italy. Discover Raphael’s versatility as he juggled numerous projects, each reflecting his growing mastery and evolving style. We will also explore some of his lesser-known works, revealing how his influence extended beyond the common narratives of his life and art.
Vol V: Gli Ultimi Anni e l’Eredità di Raffaello (The Final Years and Legacy of Raphael)
The concluding volume of this series reflects on Raphael’s final years and his enduring legacy. Dying young at the age of 37, Raphael left behind a rich tapestry of works that continued to shape art for centuries. This segment not only covers his last artistic contributions, including the ‘Transfiguration’, but also examines the profound impact he had on the art world. We delve into how his innovative techniques and artistic philosophies influenced generations of artists and continue to inspire art lovers around the world.
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