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KANTO

‘Raffaello’

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

“Madonna del Granduca” is a beloved masterpiece by Italian painter Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520), known by most as simply Raphael. Described by critics as one of the great Madonna and child paintings, it was a source of inspiration for many generations of painters.

As one of the most successful High Renaissance painters, Raphael was prolific and highly influential, even though he died early, at age 37.

This exhibition is Japan’s first large-scale showing of Raphael’s works. On display are about 20 original oil paintings and sketches, including the “Madonna del Granduca”; March 2-June 2.

The National Museum of Western Art; (03) 5405-8686; 7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo; Ueno Station, JR Yamanote Line. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri. till 8:00 p.m.). ¥1,500. Closed Mon. (except April 29, May 6), May 7. www.nmwa.go.jp/en.