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The school of Athens: a gathering of Greek philosophers disputing with Saint Paul the Apostle. Engraving by G. Ghisi, 1550, after Raphael.

Raphael, 1483-1520.
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The lettering interprets the subject as Saint Paul among the philosophers of Athens, according to Acts of the Apostles XVII.18-19: "Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?"

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Paulus Athenis per Epicuraeos et Stoicos quosdam philosophos adductus in Martiu(m) Vicu(m), stans in medio vico, sumpta occasione ab inspecta a se ara, docet unum illum verum ipsis ignotum deum. Reprehendit idololatriam, suadet resisipiscentia(m), inculcat et universalis iudicii diem, et mortuorum per redivivum Christum resurrectionem. Act XVII. Raphael Urb. in. Georgius Mantuanus f.

Publication/Creation

[Antwerp] : [H. Cock] [1550]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 39.1 x 51.4 cm

Publications note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Vienna 1813, vol. XV, pp. 394-395, no. 24

G.B. Pezzini, S. Massari, S.P. Valenti Rodinò, Raphael invenit, Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 1985, p.38

Michal Lewis and R. E. Lewis, The engravings of Giorgio Ghisi, New York 1985, pp. 61-63, no. 11

C.L. Joost-Gaugier, 'Ptolemy and Strabo and their conversation with Apelles and Protogenes', Renaissance quarterly, 1998, 51, 3, 760-783

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 543311i

Reproduction note

After the fresco by Raphael in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican, painted about 1508-11

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  • Latin


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