How to Read Paintings: The School of Athens by Raphael

Ancient Greece in the heart of the Pope’s palace

The School of Athens (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
The Stanza della segnatura (‘Room of the Signatura’) with ‘The School of Athens’ fresco on the right. Image source Wikimedia Commons
Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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
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
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
Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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
Detail of ‘The School of Athens’ (1509–1511) by Raphael. Fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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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