Throwback Thursday: A Season Of Giants

school of athens

Recently, a few of my blog friends have visited Rome and Vatican. As I enjoy their fabulous travel photos, I recall the trips we made to Italy and the post that I did over a year and half ago, entitled “A Season of Giants”.

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 (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 Vatican about the same period of time working on their commissions by Julius. Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling was completed in 1512 (began in 1508) and Raphael’s Room of the Segnatura was completed in 1511 (began in 1508).

Leonardo died in Amboise, France, at 57 (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519); it was said that he was 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 in Rome.

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


Helen takes fascinating street photos. She made a two-week trip to Italy in May. Her first post of her grand trip included three street photos. She said,”Interestingly, in this trip, I came to a realization (didn’t know how I did it) that street photographing is not just catching a specific moment of someone’s (a stranger) life, but it is catching a moment of someone’s life that I feel connected to.”  This explains why her street photos always tell stories.

Take a look of these photos and read about her photo experience in Italy.

Thank you for reading. Happy Thursday 🙂

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