RAPHAEL: THE LORD OF THE ARTS

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Boast­ing dozens of works by Re­nais­sance artist Raphael (1483-1520), Luca Viotto’s doc­u­men­tary fea­ture, like his pre­vi­ous films Florence and the Uf­fizi Gallery, and

St. Peter’s and the Pa­pal Basil­i­cas of Rome, is a whirl­wind tour shot us­ing ad­vanced 3-D tech­nol­ogy. Em­ploy­ing dra­matic reen­act­ments to bring Raphael to life, cour­tesy of ac­tor Flavio Par­enti, the film takes us to around 20 lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Vat­i­can’s Raphael Rooms, to view his mas­ter­works, and it touches on his ri­valry with Michelangelo and his major artis­tic com­mis­sions. This all-too-brief look at the artist’s life, leaves one amazed at the stag­ger­ing amount of works he pro­duced in his short life, not to men­tion, the tech­ni­cal mas­tery with which he pro­duced them. Not rated. 90 min­utes. The Screen. (Michael Abatemarco)

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