Raphael's 'School of Athens'

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Marcia Hall
Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 1997 - Art - 198 pages
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This book 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, Raphael's fresco 'School of Athens' represents the gathering of the philosophers of the ancient world around the central figures of Plato and Aristotle. Presented in this volume is the early criticism 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 and in the context of the humanism and 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.

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Marcia B. Hall is Carnell Professor of Renaissance Art at Temple University. She is the series editor of Artistic Centers of the Italian Renaissance and editor of the first volume in the series, Rome (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She is the author of Renovation and Counter-Reformation; Color and Meaning; After Raphael; Michelangelo: The Frescoes of the Sistine Chapel; and The Sacred Image in the Age of Art. She is the editor of volumes including Color and Technique in Renaissance Painting; The Princeton Raphael Symposium (with John Shearman); Raphael's 'School of Athens' (Cambridge University Press, 1997); The Cambridge Companion to Raphael (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Michelangelo's 'Last Judgment' (Cambridge University Press, 2004); and, most recently, The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church (with Tracy E. Cooper, Cambridge University Press, 2013).

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