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2020 marks the 500th Anniversary
of the death of artist and architect of Raphael
(Raffaello Sanzio). One of the undisputed
masters of the High Renaissance style in Italy.
He died on April 6, 1520, on his 37th birthday.
The range and quantity of Raphael’s artistic
achievements seem nothing short of astonishing.
Raphael is famous for his idyllic Madonnas and
his fresco cycles in the papal palace. He is
also famous for tapestries that hung on the
walls of the Sistine Chapel.
Raphael’s death at the age of thirty-seven, 500 years ago, was caused by medical error, which was compounded by a bout of pneumonia, according to a new Milan University study. The study indicated that his fever was worsened by the excessive application of leeches. Previously, typhus and malaria had been cited as among the possible causes of the death of Raphael. His symptoms lead to the conclusion that he had pneumonia. The practice of leeching was absolutely not helpful in cases of pneumonia, it probably killed Raphael.