The image above is “The School of Athens” (Scuola di Athene) a fresco by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) which is part of the four Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello) in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.
The four Raphael Rooms are the Sala di Costantino (“Hall of Constantine”), the Stanza di Eliodoro (“Room of Heliodorus”), the Stanza della Segnatura (“Room of the Signatura”) and the Stanza dell’Incendio del Borgo (“The Room of the Fire in the Borgo”).
The room Raphael began first was the Stanza della Segnatura, and “The School of Athens” was the third wall to be completed. Depicting Philosophy, “The School of Athens” is regarded as Raphael’s masterpiece.
Raphael was not specific on the identity of the philosophers and many speculated that he painted the faces of some of his contemporaries.
The philosophers (above) include Plato or Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle or Giuliano da Sangallo located in the center. The figure sprawled on the steps is identified as either Diogenes of Sinope or Socrates.
The man leaning on the cube is either Heraclitus or Michelangelo and the man to the left is either Parmenides or Nicomachus.
I have stood in front of this fresco several times now and contemplated many things. I have read and researched and digested opinions, theories, and speculations.
Pratechett is correct, thinking about how you think about things gives you a certainty, that influences everything you do. I have seen the certainty of my thoughts appear unbidden in my writing.
What things have you analyzed? How has it impacted your writing?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer