Study of "Diogenes" in the "School of Athens", Raphael
Study of "Diogenes" in the "School of Athens"
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Raffael: Schule von Athen, ca. 1508/1509, Wandfresko, ca. 815 x 575 cm. Palazzo Apostolico, Musei Vaticani, Stanza della Segnatura, Città del Vaticano, Rom


Study of "Diogenes" in the "School of Athens", ca. 1508 – 1510

245 x 284 mm
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Silverpoint on paper primed in beige, rose and light-purple, segments of circles drawn with compass before the primer at the top and bottom right edges
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380 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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Raphael drew the figure of Diogenes for the School of Athens fresco after a live model, probably a workshop assistant. In this superb drawing from the Städel, he handled the silverpoint confidently and fluently to convey both surface structures and the incidence of the light. Important anatomical details have been singled out and repeated in isolated studies. In the fresco, Diogenes the unconventional philosopher without needs is seen reading in a relaxed pose: sprawled out on the steps in front of Plato and Aristotle.

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