Raphael’s Madonna del Baldacchino and the Basilica of Santo Spirito

A lecture by Timothy Verdon


The “Madonna del Baldacchino” is one of Raphael’s last Florentine works, painted shortly before he went to Rome to create the Vatican frescoes. This talk looks at the work’s complex history, it’s place in the development of Raphael’s mature style, and it’s rich iconographic meaning.

Timothy Verdon is a Roman Catholic priest and Art Historian, specialised in Christian Sacred Art on which he has written numerous books and articles. He is a senior member of the clergy at the Duomo in Florence  and Director of the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo. He was born in New Jersey, United States, and has lived in Italy for more than 50 years, now residing in Florence.


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Many thanks to Susan Angelastro for her Silver sponsorship of this lecture