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Raphael (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) Paperback – November 1, 2001
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This book tells about Raphael's life and what he did. Raphael was born in Urbino, Italy in 1483, and learned a lot about art from his father, who was a painter. When Raphael was older, he was apprenticed under one of the greatest artists in Italy, but soon his paintings became as good as his teacher's.
After that he painted many paintings on his own, and learned from two of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. He became very famous, and even became the pope's favorite painter. He died on his 37th birthday, leaving behind all his magnificent paintings.
I really enjoyed learning about Raphael's paintings, especially the Sistine Madonna and The School of Athens. I like the way the author added the cartoon pictures to the book, because it made the book more enjoyable to read. The author also did a good job of explaining about Raphael in a way that was easy to understand. I would recommend this book for kids of all ages. Even my five-year-old sister liked it!