School of Athens (Raphael) Easter Egg - Raphael in Painting

Look in the lowest most-right group of people. Look carefully, you should see Raphael's face poking out. He's in between the girl in the golden outfit and the guy with white clothes and a white hat on. Its the group where they seem to be playing a game on the floor.

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Contributed By: Decius on 04-13-2000
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charliehodge writes:
The man "playing the game" is Archimedes. Behind and above him is Bramante. Raphael is in the group standing to their right, next to the pillar. The group is Zoroaster, Ptolemy, Raphael (looking at you), and Perugino. The two figures in the center are Aristotle (jesturing to the Earth) and Plato (pointing to the Heavens). Plato is Leonardo. Allegedly, everyone in the fresco is a philosopher portrayed by a friend/contemporary of Raphael.
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Bill writes:
Did you also know that Raphael initially disliked Michelangelo but after he saw the Sistine Chapel ceiling, he added him to the School of Athens painting. In the center near the bottom you can see Michelangelo seated on the step. Raphael had to chip away the dryed fresco coating and add him after his observations of his work.
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Dolorem writes:
Pretty much everyone in the painting is a philosopher or Renaissance artist. Thats why its called "School of Athens." The famous philosophers were from Greece and during the Renaissance, students studied the works of the Greek thinkers. This isn't an Easter Egg at all, just the story behind the painting.
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LabRat writes:
An easy way to find Raphael: he is the only person in the painting looking at the viewer.
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jonjosh writes:
Look its right here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_School_of_Athens
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Guns and Roses lifted a detail from this classic for the cover of "Use Your Illusion". --iaTr
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Tysh writes:
Not to be a pain, but this isn't so much of a secret. It was meant to depict great masters by using new masters to represent the old. A combining of the best elements, so to speak. I guess though that it is interesting in that you don't necessarily recognize whom is depicted without a little help.
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Quoz writes:
Dolorem, i agree. And, on top of that, it's a relatively well-known fact. I must of learned this in, hrm, maybe fourth grade when we used to have the "picture person" come to our class...
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