Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) (1483-1520) was born in Urbino but is known to have been in Florence by 1500, where he was influenced by both Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. He went to Rome in 1508, where he painted for Pope Julius II and drew cartoons for the tapestries of the Sistine Chapel. Raphael established his own studio, and worked for secular as well as religious patrons, but died before he was 40. His brilliant and realistic portraits and religious works attracted a wide circle of artists and intellectuals, and Raphael is recognised as one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. NZ Fine Prints import Raphael prints from Italy and the US, and the poster of “Little Angels” comes from Switzerland.