Wednesday, September 14, 2016

"School of Athens" by Raphael

Raphael painted the "School of Athens" over 505 years ago during 1510-1511 in the Vatican in Rome while being assisted by 50 students when the pope asked him to decorate the rooms of the Vatican. "School of Athens" is considered an embodiment of the high renaissance due to it's use of sculptural quality, architectural perspective, balance, and combination of christian and pagan elements. Raphael borrowed techniques used by other artists in order to make "School of Athens" a masterpiece. From Michelangelo, Raphael used full-bodied, dynamic figures and contrapposto poses. Raphael also borrowed pyramidal composition and the use of light and shadow in facial modeling from Leonardo.

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