"Cardinal Bembo's epitaph for Raphael"
Raphael (1483 - 1520), was an Italian artist and architect and a great master of the High Renaissance. His portraits and painted alterpieces and frescoes for places of worship are still well-known today, and his Putti (cherubs) - a detail from his Sistine Madonna painting - are a popular and oft-copied image. His frescoes still decorate the walls of four rooms in the Palace of the Vatican - known as the Stanze di Raffaello, or Raphael Rooms. When he died at the age of 37, Cardinal Pietro Bembo - a scholar, poet, and literary theorist - wrote a verse to be inscribed on his tomb:
"Ille hic est Raffael, timuit quo sospite vinci, rerum magna parens et moriente mori" which translates as
"Here lies that famous Raphael by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die."