The School of Athens


The painting above is The School of Athens. It was painted by one of the most famous Italian renaissance painters, Raphael. This painting was one of the most famous frescoes in in the Italian renaissance. His purpose in the painting was not to depict school itself. It was meant to depict Greek philosophy. Also in the painting there are many philosophers that are certain to be in it. They include Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Pythagoras, Euclid, and Ptolemy. Another thing worth noticing is that the painting itself has somewhat symmetry to it. That is because the renaissance architects based their design on the circle instead of a cross basis. This is because they believed that ancient mathematicians paralleled circles with geometric perfection. The architects used circles to represent the perfection of god. Therefore The School of Athens was a great representation of Greek philosophy, poetry, and theology.

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