Raphael, School of Athens (detail)
Whose side are you on? Two great philosophers of antiquity, Plato and Aristotle, face off in this meeting of minds.

Raphael, School of Athens

Raphael, Galatea, c. 1513, fresco, Villa Farnesina, Rome, detail
With her twisting, spiraling body, this beautiful sea nymph embodies the complexity of High Renaissance movement.

Raphael, Galatea

Raphael, The Alba Madonna-thumb
This modest painting never feels cramped in its circular frame. For all her humility, Mary has a monumental grace.

Raphael, The Alba Madonna

Raphael, Portrait of Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’Medici and Luigi de’Rossi - thumb
Raphael’s rich palette put the papacy in the red—as did Leo X. This Medici pope spent Church money with abandon.

Raphael, Pope Leo X