How to Read Paintings: The School of Athens by Raphael

Ancient Greece in the heart of the Pope’s palace

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The School of Athens (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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The Stanza della segnatura (‘Room of the Signatura’) with ‘The School of Athens’ fresco on the right. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Plato and Aristotle. Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Diogenes lounging on the steps. Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Euclid impresses his disciples. Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Ibn Rushd looks over the shoulder of Pythagoras. Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Heraclitus-Michelangelo. Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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