Anecdotes Of Raphael (1483-1520)
( Originally Published 1915 )
Raphael Sanzio is seldom thought of as an architect, and yet for a time he was the director of the architecture of St. Peter's. Besides this work, which was not as important as that of the other masters who contributed to St. Peter's, he built a few notable buildings. His great fame rests on his work as a painter. At one time he lived near the Vatican, where he was surrounded by his hosts of friends. His disposition to help others may account for his popularity. In the very prime of manhood, the possessor of fame, wealth, and power, he was suddenly seized by a fever and died within a few days. His resting place is the Pantheon at Rome.