The High Renaissance held the best historical phase of philosophical painting. Raphael, who Vasari called “the prince of painters”, learned from the greatness of two mentors, Leonardo and Michelangelo, who fueled his ambition and along with his skills resulted in one of the greatest images that taught us viewers about philosophy as a way of life. The figures in School of Athens exemplify Philosophy, poetry, Law, and Theology.
From 1509 to 1512 Raphael created the School of Athens, a painting that will continue to famously reflect the humanistic interpretations of the Italian Renaissance.
Three works I admire a great deal begin with the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo Di Vinci. The second piece is the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, and lastly, the School of Athens by Raphael.
I chose these three because Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael formed the traditional trinity of great masters of the period.
My modern-day School of Athens would be filled with people that I would want to learn from, or people that inspire me. I would include Stephen King, Anne Rice, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Donner, Ted Tally, John Hughes, Mae West, and Stephen Spielberg. Martin Scorsese would fill the spot of Plato. I could list numerous people that I would include in my School of Athens, but these legends are at the top of my list.