Raphael was born on April 6, 1483. In his childhood, he was taught the basics of painting by his father Giovani Santi, who was a painter. His father worked at the Court of Urbino. At that time the Court of Urbino was one of the most renowned courts for the visual arts. His father was a wealthy man, and Raphael was also friends with Italian masters, so these connections are the reason why Rapheal was successful at a young age.