The Importance Of Rational Thought And Free, Progressive Thinking

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In the early 1500’s Italian Renaissance Master Raphael was commissioned to paint Pope Julius II Papal Apartments. He frescoed murals in four separate rooms, but one of his designs is especially significant. In the room that housed Julius’s library, Raphael painted four distinct frescoes that each upholds an Antique or Christian value of knowledge/art. The most famous mural, The School of Athens, highlights the importance of rational thought and free, progressive thinking. Many artists including Michelangelo, Bramante, and Raphael himself are included. The fresco on the adjacent wall is entitled Parnassus. This mural displays the Greek God Apollo in his outdoor dwelling place. Apollo was the god of music and poetry, and he is triumphantly in the center of the composition playing an instrument while singing. While these frescoes show ideals that were important in the Antique and Renaissance eras, they also uphold the idea of the arts being so disjointed and classified separately. If a muralist were working today, they would probably want to show different arts and sciences together in harmony. This manner of thinking was championed by Modernist poet William Carlos Williams in the early part of the early 20th century. Williams is one of the most important poets in the history of poetry, but when he was young he aspired to be a painter. Instead of choosing one field over the other, he decided that art should flow together. So Williams, in conjunction with American Modernist…

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