A Season of Giants

school of athens

The School of Athens frescoes in the Vatican is the master piece of Rapheal. He painted Leonardo da Vinci as Plato, Michelangelo as Heraclitus, and himself as Apelles (who was a renowned painter of ancient Greece in the 4th century BC). Rapheal formed the traditional trinity of great masters of any time on the painting.

Leonardo was more than thirty years older than Raphael, and Michelangelo was eight years his senior. Both Michelangelo and Raphael were in Rome the same period of time working on their commissions. In 1511, Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling and Raphael’s Stanze were completed.


Leonardo died in Amboise, France, at 57 (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519); it was said that he died by the side of King Frances who brought aged Leonardo to Amboise.  Michelangelo lived to the age of 88 (March 6, 1475 – Feb. 18, 1564) three weeks before his 89th birthday; he requested to rest in his beloved Florence. In 1520, at 37, Raphael died on Good Friday (April 6); and he wanted to be buried in the Pantheon.


“With the ringing of the bells that saluted the new treasures acquired by Pope Julius. The story of the Season of Giants was concluded… it would have no equal in the flowing of history through the centuries untour time.”   — Vincenzo Labella

(Source of these images: Wikipedia)

23 thoughts on “A Season of Giants

  1. Hi Amy, A great post. Three amazing artists, quite a feat for Raphael, he lived in a time of artistic genius. I can almost visual the creative energy flowing. It is sad that Raphael lived a short life (although life expectancy wasn’t normally much beyond that) It is also interesting because Michelangelo was not a big lover of Da Vinci, by any means, so all in all an interesting and brilliant piece. Thank you. I enjoyed this very much my friend! 🙂 xx


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