From the School of Athens

For some reason, The School of Athens just popped into my mind and i just can not let it go. It is truly a masterpiece. It is so full of deep references. ….. you have the great Greek philosophers laying left and right, and the center point is a master piece of itself.

You have Plato on the left and, his student, Aristotle on the right. Walking side-by-side giving a complete sense of fellowship. Each of them is holding a book that he has “published”. With their right hands, one gesture is enough to sum up their personalities and beliefs. Plato is pointing up depicting his belief in high pureness, not material/physical things (a mathematician indeed !!). Aristotle, is gesturing the ground depicting his belief in empirical physical data (an engineer 🙂 ).

Plato & Aristotle - large The School of Athens

Thank you Raphael for this true masterpiece.

P.S. I really was tempted to put the full size of at least one of those two files in this post. I stopped myself in the last minute :-). But i did have the full-sized Plato-Aristotle picture up on my homepage for a while 🙂 .

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