Raphael’s art in 3D
by Camillo De Marco
- In Italian cinemas on 3, 4 and 5 April, Raffaello, il principe delle arti, an original Sky production being distributed by Nexo Digital, will then be released in 60 countries all over the world
The most advanced 3D technology for a Raphael never seen before. Raffaello, il principe delle arti will be released in Italian theatres on 2, 4 and 5 April, an original Sky production made in partnership with the Vatican Museums and Magnitudo Film, distributed by Nexo Digital and directed by Luca Viotto, who specialised in 3D and recently passed away. The docu-film will then be released in 60 countries all over the world.
18 months of work spent preparing, filming and post-production, 30 days of filming, 200 hours of footage, a production team comprising over 100 people, and 40 costumes made to measure, including 10 originals. These are just some of the statistics on the first ever transposition to film of Raphael’s life and work. The film recounts the life (and loves) of the artist and analyses over 70 of his pieces, including 40 of the most famous and representative pieces of the great master of Urbino, who is played here by actor Flavio Parenti.
Raffaello, il principe delle arti also gives us a 3D reconstruction of the back wall of the Sistine Chapel as it looked in 1519, before the majestic additions by Michelangelo, and a special chapter on the 10 enchanting tapestries from therein, which are today kept in the Raphael Rooms of the Vatican Museums, and were commissioned by Pope Leo X. The film was supported by Antonio Paolucci, who was director of the Vatican Museums until 31 December 2016, while the guidelines for the reconstruction were drawn up by Vincenzo Farinella, associate professor of History of Modern Art at the University of Pisa. “The strength of the film lies in the fact that it highlights just how extraordinary the artist’s work is”, says dice Antonio Paolucci, “Sky worked efficiently and clearly. It’s something which, in our profession, we must do increasingly often as history of art finally becomes a subject that is accessible to everyone”.
(Translated from Italian)