Episode 174 – Rome – Raphael’s “School of Athens” Part I
February 6, 2024

Although Raphael’s fresco known as the “School of Athens” is the most celebrated painting of the Stanza della Segnatura, it is actually a part of a much larger program. This episode addresses the original function of the room, which was Pope Julius II’s library, and how all of Raphael’s paintings are in actuality part of a giant visual card catalog.

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