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Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican Palace has often been considered the artist's most aesthetically perfect work. Executed between 1508 and 1511, it features a painted ceiling, a pavement of inlaid marble, and four frescoed walls, all orchestrated with a cast of famous historical figures who exemplify the various disciplines of learning. Joost-Gaugier's study is the first to examine the elements of the Stanza della Segnatura as an ensemble, exploring the meaning of the frescoes and accompanying decoration in light of recent studies into the intellectual world of High Renaissance Rome.Read more
- Offers the first analysis of the Stanza della Segnatura's iconography
- Informed by intellectual history - how current events and interests inspired the subjects of the chamber
- Identifies the transformation of Raphael from painter of madonna portraits to co-creator of one of Western's art most complex and ambitious works
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"This book serves to shed new light on a well-known masterpiece and will be appreciated by all lovers of Renaissance art and history." Religious Studies ReviewSee more reviews
"...a profound and impressively articulate analysis..." Renaissance Quarterly
"Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier opens her discussion... with the bold asserion that "the Stanza della Segnatura belongs as much to the history of ideas as to the history of art", an assumption she goes on to explore through a painstaking examination of the imagery from Julius II's private library." Sixteenth Century Journal
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- Date Published: May 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521809238
- length: 284 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 180 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.768kg
- contains: 33 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The Stanza della Segnatura and its painted program: the Library of Julius II
2. The inventor of the program: ambiguities and uncertainties
3. The Pope's Librarian, Tommaso Inghirami: portrait of a Humanist
4. The ceiling: the birth of the disciplines and the triumph of their protector
5. The geography of the Stanza della Segnatura
6. The Disputa: a visionary theology and the exultation of Christianity
7. The School of Athens: the great philosophical inventions
8. The Parnassus: the universal language of Apollo
9. The Jurisprudence: civil law, canon law, and divine law
10. The pavement: the power of the Sacred Hebrew language
11. Conclusion: the Humanism of the Stanza Della Segnatura
12. Epilogue: Harmony is the most beautiful thing. Raphael's pythagoreanism.
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