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An Analysis of Three Pieces of Art Related to the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church: Michelangelo's The Last Judgment, Raphael's School of Athens and Pietro Da Cortona's Glorification of the Reign of Urban VIII
Word Count: 835
Category: Arts and Humanities
Word Count: 835
The three pieces discussed in this essay are all closely related to popes of the Roman Catholic Church Michelangelos The Last Judgment Raphaels School of Athens and Pietro da Cortonas Glorification of the Reign of Urban VIII not only have their relation to a particular pope in common but also are very good reflections of the artistic movements and historical events of the time in which each work was done Raphaels The School of Athens was a work done on one wall of the Stanza della Segnatura a former meeting room of the papal tribunal and Julius IIs then current private library at the request of Pope Julius II Julius II had other artists working on the room when he saw some of Raphaels work He then had the other artists stop work and called for Raphael to do the room instead Raphael took over in 1508 the same year Michelangelo was commissioned on the Sistine Chapel and had completed the job in 1511 This piece is most significant in its reflection of the historical period It was in this time during the Renaissance that the Medici family redefined business and people like Machiavelli brought about new political ideas in books like The Prince A new wave of thinking and reason was spreading The School of Athens brings together all the ancient philosophies and their famous representatives while leaving out any reference to Christian themes The painting personifies the popular trend of the time The painting is also completely representative of the High Renaissance style The attention is completely on realistic naturalistic portrayal of the figure Notably the painting displays portraits of his contemporaries Leonardo da Vinci Plato and Michelangelo Heraklitos The Leonardo portrait is assumed to pay tribute to his role as a thinker and artist in establishing the High Renaissance style After returning back to Rome from Florence on the order of Pope Paul III Michelangelo began work on The Last Judgment in
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