Tag: A School of Athens

A Tribute to the Sages: Raphael’s Frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura

Raphael’s feelings were undoubtedly mixed as he received his first commission from the powerful patron of the arts, Pope Julius II. At 25 years of age, Raffaello Sanzio was known throughout Italy as a rapidly rising star artist. Now he had been chosen to fresco four rooms in the Apostolic Palace, the pope’s official residence….

Catharsis: Aristotle’s Response to Plato

The Eye of the Beholder: Reflecting On the Purpose of Beauty and Art We’ve all heard the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but what does this mean and does it hold weight? In this series, we will take a casual look at the philosophical debates concerning our experiences with beauty and…

A Tribute to the Greatest Western Thinkers: ‘A School of Athens’

“The School of Athens” is one of the most important and fascinating frescos in Western art history. Pope Julius II commissioned the prolific young artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino to decorate his private chambers in the Vatican. The first room that Raphael (1483–1520), as he is better known, tackled was the “Stanza Della Segnatura,” or “Room of the Signature,” so-called…