Vasari says that Raphael eventually had a workshop of fifty pupils and assistants, many of whom later became significant artists in their own right.
By the end of 1508, Raphael had moved to Rome, where he lived for the rest of his life. He was invited by the new Pope Julius II. His classicism took another direction.
Raphael led a “nomadic” life, working in various centres in Northern Italy, but spent a good deal of time in Florence, from about 1504. His classicism took another direction.
His mother Màgia died in 1491 when Raphael was eight, followed on August 1, 1494 by his father, who had already remarried. Raphael was thus orphaned at eleven.