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Raphael's "School of Athens"

Author: Marcia B Hall
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Masterpieces of Western painting.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Raphael's "School of Athens" examines one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and the artist's best-known work. Commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the walls of his private library, the fresco represents the gathering of the philosophers of the ancient world around the central figures of Plato and Aristotle. The adjacent walls represent theologians, poets, and lawgivers, the subjects of books in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Raphael; Raphael; Raphael; Raphaël; Raphael; Raphael; Raphaël (1483-1520).
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcia B Hall
ISBN: 0521444470 9780521444477 0521448999 9780521448994
OCLC Number: 34669377
Description: xii, 182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The image of the ancient Gymnasium of Athens, or, Philosophy / Giovanni Pietro Bellori --
The School of Athens / Heinrich Wölfflin --
The architectural background / Ralph E. Lieberman --
Color and chiaroscuro / Janis Bell --
Pagans in the church : the School of Athens in religious context / Timothy Verdon --
The intellectual background of the School of Athens : tracking divine wisdom in the Rome of Julius II / Ingrid D. Rowland.
Series Title: Masterpieces of Western painting.
Other Titles: School of Athens
Responsibility: edited by Marcia Hall.
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"Raphael's "School of Athens" examines one of the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and the artist's best-known work. Commissioned by Pope Julius II to decorate the walls of his private library, the fresco represents the gathering of the philosophers of the ancient world around the central figures of Plato and Aristotle. The adjacent walls represent theologians, poets, and lawgivers, the subjects of books in Julius's library. Presented in this volume are early cricitisms of the fresco by Bellori and Wolfflin, along with new interpretations, published in this volume for the first time, of its iconography in relation to the other frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura and in the context of humanism and the rhetorical tradition of the papal court; analysis of Raphael's groundbreaking use of light and color; and an inquiry into the role of Bramante and antique architecture in Raphael's design. An introduction surveys the critical history of Raphael and the painting, and the history of modern interpretations."--Jacket.

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