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Arts feature

Raphael – saint or hustler?

Laura Gascoigne dishes the dirt on Raphael

2 April 2022

9:00 AM

2 April 2022

9:00 AM

For tourists to Rome, the must-see event of 1833 was the exhumation of Raphael from his tomb in the Pantheon. For years the city’s Accademia di San Luca had been claiming possession of the artist’s skull and running a profitable line in souvenirs. That September, the question would be settled.

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