~Genius of high Renaissance painters~
Born: April 6, 1483 in Urbino
Died: April 6, 1520 in Rome
on his 37th birthday
Mathematicians celebrate Raffaello Sanzio - Raphael - for including Pythagoras, Euclid, Ptolemy, Zeno and possibly Archimedes and Hypatia in his famous masterpiece, The School of Athens. Moreover, in using the highly geometrical concept of "perspective" Raphael placed his focal point between Plato and Aristotle. The semi-circular archways and organization of figures on the steps draw the eyes of the viewer to a point in the distant background. Art historians have written that in so doing, this pioneering fresco changed the way people looked at art.