School of Athens
| Image Notes
Credit Line: Frost Art Museum, Florida International University. Purchased with Funds from the University President's Office. Collection Number FIU 2000.102.001
| Artist's Notes
The School of Athens (1509-11) is a fresco painting by Raphael on the wall of a room in the Vatican. Philosophy is Raphael's theme; the figures exemplify various schools of thought within the Western tradition. At the center are Plato and Aristotle, standing side by side in an imaginary architectural setting expressive of High Renaissance ideals of scale, magnificence, and harmony. Raphael -- shifting metaphorical levels -- punctuates his scene with such schoolroom props as books and slates and globes. In my School of Athens I introduced the furniture of the schoolroom, desks lined up in rows facing the teacher. (George Deem, How To Paint A Vermeer, page 16).
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