A leader of the High Renaissance and one third of the traditional trinity of great painters, Raphael produced masterful work that featured clear forms and seamless compositions. Many of his original pieces are currently in the Vatican! He focused mainly on fresco. Raphael was born in Italy to a duke’s painter, who taught him techniques. His father died when Raphael was 11, leaving the workshop for him to manage. His finesse and steel heart made him the finest painter in town. Raphael eventually took a 4-year apprenticeship with a painter called Perugia, gaining invaluable knowledge and hands-on experience. Raphael later moved to Florence where he would remain for the rest of his life. He learned more by studying masters’ art and eventually his own style surpassed theirs. Raphael died on his 37th birthday to unknown causes, leaving behind a massive body of work.