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Art - Learning and Wisdom

Raphael, The School of Athens (1510)

This shows a group of Greek philosophers including in the centre:

 Art - Learning and Wisdom



 Auguste Rodin, The Thinker (1902)

The famous sculpture of someone thinking.

Art - Learning and Wisdom



Michelangelo, Jeremiah (1508-12) 

From the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, this shows the Old Testament prophet, Jeremiah, deep in thought:

Art - Learning and Wisdom


 Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates (1787)

One of his disciples (in red) hands the deadly cup of hemlock to Socrates who is confidently philosophizing about the defence of truth and wisdom.

His friend, Crito, clutches his knee.

Plato sits sadly at the end of the bed.

Art - Learning and Wisdom



Pieter Thys, Daedalus and Icarus (c. 1660)

This painting tells the story from Greek mythology of Daedalus fixing wax and feather wings on the back of his son, Icarus, who:

  • fell to his death because...
  • he did exactly what his father told him not to do - fly too close to the sun.

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