One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a painter or painting: previous to Raphael; dating from before the time of Raphael.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Germ. From pre- + Raphael, English form of the forename of RaffaelloSanzio (also Raffaele, RaffaelloSanti; 1483–1520), Italian painter and architect.
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