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THE PORTRAITS OF RAPHAEL’S CONTEMPORARIES IN THE CARTOON FOR THE SCHOOL OF ATHENS

Raphael chose to depict some characters with the appearance of well-known personalities of the time. For example, Plato’s features seem to be those of Leonardo da Vinci, the face of the character who represents the Orphics is the portrait of Fedra Inghirami, probably one of the thinkers who conceived the iconography of the Stanza della Segnatura; Bramante is portrayed in Euclid. There are therefore many historical characters that can be recognized and even many philosophers are clearly identifiable, for example Socrates, Diogenes the Cynic lying on the steps, according to the narration of Diogenes Laertius, there are Zoroaster and Ptolemy. It is interesting to see how the representation of the character who is generally seen as a tribute to Michelangelo is missing in the Cartoon.

WHAT’S ON

Notice for the users of the Reading Room

Biblioteca

 The historical and literary sources of the Betrothed

Pinacoteca

The historical and literary sources of the Betrothed

From 12 October 2023, rooms 2 and 3 of the Pinacoteca, exhibition included in the entrance ticket to the museum.

12/10/2023-30/01/2024
Exhibition
GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

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GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Every Saturday at 15.30 a guided tour of the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, together with professional guides of our official partner AdArtem

01/04/2023-30/06/2024