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Re: Where's Raphael?

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Scurfield (scurfield)
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 23:08:59 -0600

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carla harwitt wrote:
> My AP Art History class and I are having a debate over which figure in
> Raphael's "School of Athens" is actually a self-portriat of Raphael? One
> group says it is a figures in the foreground on the left side, all clothed
> in white, while the other group claims it is a barely visible face in the
> foreground on the right. Does anyone have the correct answer? Thanks!
> --Carla in LA

I've always been told (as well as firmly believe) that Raphael is
peeking out on the extreme right of the painting and looking at the
viewer. Isn't that one clue to a self-portrait included in a group
painting, that the artist gazes out at us?--Marcia, Derby, KS

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