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The School of Athens, or Scuola di Atene in Italian, is one of the most famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1510 and 1511 as a part of Raphael's commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated, and The School of Athens the second painting to be finished there, after La Disputa, on the opposite wall. The picture has long been seen as "Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the High Renaissance."
The traditional title is not Raphael's, and the subject of the School is actually "Philosophy",or at least ancient Greek philosophy, and its overhead tondo-label, Causarum Cognitio tells us what kind, as it appears to echo Aristotles emphasis on wisdom as knowing why, hence knowing the causes, in Metaphysics Book I and Physics Book II.

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  • Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 38 N: 676] (2674)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2006-08-09
  • Categories: 藝術
  • Exposure:f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2011-09-19 2:41
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