Raphael's Painting "The School of Athens" Analytical Essay by Nicky

Raphael's Painting "The School of Athens"
Analyzes Raphael's painting "The School of Athens" as a triumph of renaissance humanism and neo-platonic thought.
# 147731 | 1,260 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 20, 2011 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Painting) , Art (Fine Art)

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This paper explains that Raphael's painting "The School of Athens", which depicts an idealized vision of great classical Greek philosophers and scientists interacting with one another before a symbolic representation of 'Dame Philosophy, was not religious art but rather a work that mimicked classical antiquity. Next, the author relates how the meshing together of different figures from history demonstrates the symbolic nature of the work that merges together art and philosophy. The paper concludes by suggesting that Judy Chicago's feminist painting "The Dinner Party" is today's most similar creation and yet different than the representation in Raphael's painting.

From the Paper:

"Underlining the new broad-mindedness of the period, classical iconography representing the search of man for the truth was even embraced by the Pope, not just by artists. This type of humanistic, anatomically correct representation would have been unthinkable earlier, both in its images as well as its iconography. It is still exciting art because it creates the feeling of being alive in ancient Athens, watching the embodied philosophers at work, and helps bring their thoughts to life. They are not beautiful, yet seem vividly alive and interesting to the eye."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bell, Daniel Orth. "New identifications in Raphael's School of Athens." The Art Bulletin 77, no. 4 (December 1, 1995): 638. http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed April 2, 2009).
  • Espinel. Carlos Hugo. "Michelangelo's gout in a fresco by Raphael." The Lancet 354, no. 9196 (December 18, 1999): 2149-51. http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed April 2, 2009).
  • Joost-Gaugier, Christiane L. "Ptolemy and Strabo and their conversation with Appelles and Protogenes: Cosmography and painting in Raphael's School of Athens." Renaissance Quarterly 51, no. 3 (October 1, 1998): 0_10-787. http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed April 2, 2009).
  • Most, Glenn W. "Reading Raphael: The School of Athens and its pre-text." Critical Inquiry 23, no. 1 (October 1, 1996): 145-182. http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed April 2, 2009).
  • Shepherd, Gyde Vanier. "Raphael's "School of Athens" Speculum 74, no. 1 (January 1, 1999): 181-182. http://www.proquest.com/ (accessed April 2, 2009).

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