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Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura
Meaning and Invention


  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521809238

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  • Raphael was the preeminent painter of Renaissance Rome, whose classical style marks some of the most enduring masterpieces of Italian Renaissance art. Of these, the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican Palace has often been considered the most aesthetically perfect. Executed between 1508 and 1511 for the notoriously temperamental, but adventurous, patron of the arts, Pope Julius II, it was the commission that propelled Raphael, then a young man, into international prominence. The work consists of a chamber with 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. The volume focuses on the meaning of the frescoes and accompanying decoration in light of recent studies into the intellectual world of High Renaissance Rome.

    • 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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    Product details

    • 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.

  • Author

    Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier

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