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In 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Raphael to decorate the Stanza della Segnatura, the library in the pope’s private apartments. From this date, Raphael was engaged more or less continuously in work at the Vatican. His 1512 portrait of Julius II established a formula for papal portraits that endured for more than two centuries.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans

The first non-British artist to win the Turner Prize, Wolfgang Tillmans’ photographs range from images of mundane daily life to portraits of friends and celebrities. He exhibited his work in montage installations, resisting hierarchy in format and subject matter.

In this update, Benezit publishes 5 emendations.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

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Join Benezit on a tour of unique art collections around the world! Written by experts and curators, our Collection Guides present the history and highlights of museums and galleries. Follow links to related texts in Oxford Art Online and around the web to learn more about the artists in these outstanding collections.

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Benezit continues to feature new and revised biographies of women artists, as well as updates to articles on top-selling figures in today’s art market.