Monday, September 12, 2016

School of Athens

This painting is called "School of Athens," which was finished in 1511 by Raphael. Raphael painted this in the Vatican in Rome. This painting has a lot of philosophical symbolism. First, the two main subjects are Aristotle and Plato with each of their hands facing down and up, respectively. These gestures followed their philosophical beliefs. Another aspect of this painting is the flow of energy towards the main subjects. One of the most important techniques in this painting is the use of depth and light source. These aspects of energy flow, depth, and light source draw the eye to the center of the painting where the main subjects lay showing that they were the true focus.

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