The Reproduction of Raphael’s Tomb in Urbino
A visit to Urbino can now offer a new stage dedicated to Raphael. The Chiesa dei Carmelitani Scalzi [church] now contains a life-sized reproduction of the great artist’s tomb, the original of which can be seen in the Pantheon, in Rome. The church and its new feature are just a short distance from Raphael’s monument, in the small park at Pian del Monte. The church building, no longer used for worship, now houses a new exhibition that focuses on the tomb, which bears the famous inscription by Pietro Bembo:
Here lies Raphael, by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and while he lay dying, feared she would die herself.