Half an Hour with Raffaello


Zoom meetings to learn about Raphael’s time in Florence

Starting this Friday, November 13 at 6.00 pm, the Accademia Museum (even if closed) continues online with appointments dedicated to Raphael’s time in Florence. “Half an Hour with Raphael” is a series of 4 dates between November and December to go along the current video exhibit in Palazzo Vecchio’s Sale d’Arme (which had just opened on October 31st and also now temporarily closed) to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.

The four scheduled meetings, curated by MUS.E and the support of Unicoop Firenze, are free but require reservation. They will allow anyone interested to learn more about Raphael’s important and fruitful years spent in Florence from the autumn of 1504/the beginning of 1505 until 1508, a time in which he was able to absorb and skillfully adapt some of the highest achievements of the Renaissance to become an even greater than he already was.

Valentina Zucchi, one of two curators of the exhibit at Palazzo Vecchio

Raffaello at the School of the World” is the first appointment set for Friday, November 13 and will be hosted by Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi, curators of the exhibition, while “Raffaello Sanzio: The Florentine Madonnas” is set for Friday, November 27 and will be hosted by Cristina Acidini, one of the authors of the catalog accompanying the exhibition (due out in November). “The Portraits by Raphael and the collections of the Medici“, led by Marzia Faietti, former Director of the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints at the Uffizi Galleries and curator of the exhibition dedicated to Raphael at the Quirinal Stables in Rome (which ended last August), will follow on Friday, December 4. The last appointment is set for Friday, December 18 and is entitled “Taddei, Nasi and Canigiani, Florentine families who commissioned Raphael“. It will be presented by Elena Capretti, a scholar of Florentine art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

All digital appointments take place at 6pm local time in Florence (GMT +1) and will take place in Italian.


Reserve your spot by writing to indicating your full name and chosen day. Wait for confirmation via email of the booking. Participation is free but, of course, subject to availability.

It will be possible to book only one meeting at a time and only book if you’re pretty certain you will participate. If unforeseen impediments arise, it is necessary to cancel by 2.00 pm on the day of the visit in order to allow anyone on the waiting list to be able to participate.

How to participate

After a first email confirming your booked spot, you should receive a second email by 5.00 pm on the day of the virtual visit with the credentials to access Zoom, from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can participate in the visits by downloading the Zoom APP on your device and registering for free. Once installed, just click on the link received to participate in the visit. Alternatively, it will be possible to access the “join a meeting” section directly from the Zoom site, by entering the meeting ID and password you will have received.


Friday, November 13, 6.00 pm: Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi, Raffaello at the School of the World

Friday, November 27, 6.00 pm: Cristina Acidini, Raffaello Sanzio: The Florentine Madonnas

Friday, December 4, 6.00 pm: Marzia Faietti, The Portraits by Raphael and the collections of the Medici

Friday, December 18, 6.00 pm: Elena Capretti, Taddei, Nasi and Canigiani, Florentine Families who Commissioned Raphael

For information and bookings

Tel. +39 055 2768224
(Monday to Saturday 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00; Sunday and holidays 9.30-12.30)

Photo credits & copyright: Mattia Marasco

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