Documentary 90 minutes

Documentary  90 minutes Raphael a sensitive genius
Title Raphael A sensitive genius
Genre Documentary
Duration 1 x 90'
Year 2020
Format 4K
Author and Director Luca Trovellesi Cesana
Script Claudio Centioni
Scientific advice and Host Luca Tomio
Production Sydonia Production
Editing Alessandro Tarabelli
Language Italian - English
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A documentary that restores to the world, five hundred years after his death, the universal and sensitive genius of one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance: Raphael Sanzio. Guided by the art historian Luca Tomìo, we decided to start our journey from the Renaissance atmosphere of Raphael’s birthplace, the Duchy of Urbino, to retrace, from the very beginning, Raphael's artistic education. From a young age, he found himself confronted with giants of the Renaissance art such as Piero della Francesca and Antonio del Pollaiolo, in the workshop of his father Giovanni Santi, also an excellent painter of the Urbino court.

Thanks to documents, unpublished testimonies and with the help of an expert cast, we have retraced the decisive events of his life, first of all that of his father's untimely death, which left him orphan at only 11 years of age, inevitably influencing his artistic vision. We involved expert researchers, restorers, and art critics, including the great Achille Bonito Oliva, to relive the artist's outstanding encounters. From the one with Perugino, of whom he became a pupil in Perugia, to those with Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, known in Florence.
The descendants of the clients who facilitated Raphael's success, opened the doors of their private palaces for us; but we went further, entering the emblematic places of the Italian Renaissance, such as Palazzo Corsini, where we exceptionally documented the only artwork still in the Urbinate private collection: the cartoon for the portrait of Pope Julius II.

In Rome, where at the height of his success Raphael created the decorations of the Raphael Rooms on commission of the Pope, earning the title of Prince of the Arts and refined worldliness, we went to discover the wonders, even the most unknown, designed with his mentor Donato Bramante, like the church of Sant'Eligio degli Orefici and the façade of Palazzo Spada.

An unpublished and compelling documentary that goes as far as the distant and cold St. Petersburg, which holds, in its boundless Hermitage Museum, few masterpieces by the artist from Urbino.

A tribute to the genius and man, an unmissable journey in the life of Raphael "from whom as long as he lived, Mother Nature feared to be defeated, and when he died she feared to die with him".


The "Raphael a sensitive genius" project was born as means of culture and promotion of the territory. It is supported by the Marche Region - European Regional Development Fund, Marche Culture Foundation - Marche Film Commission.

POR MARCHE FESR 2014-2020 - Axis 3 - OS 8 - Action 8.1 - "Cineudiovisual supply chain: support to companies for the development and promotion of the territory and its cultural and tourist heritage through cine-audiovisual works"