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Stanza della Segnatura
Raphael School of Athens 1509-1510
|Raphael put portraits of important and influential people in the painting as a way to express the idea that the new Papal court was an updated, yet Catholic, school of Athens. Raphael uses Leonardo's face as a model for Plato, who gestures up.
Zoroaster, Ptolemy, Raphael and Sodoma One of the skills that most painters needed to develop during the Renaissance period was the ability to paint portraits and accurate likenesses. Often this skill was developed by painting with a the only model that one might have available which is one's self. The humanistic and platonic idea of perfectibility also gave rise to self reflection and observation and in this case, self aggrandizement. A portrait then is not just about the immediate appearance but also it is a symbol of the person. In this image we see that the artist is studying himself and also demonstrating his ability to create a strong physical likeness as well a psychological likeness.
Raphael, Self Portrait, 1506