The School of Athens (year 2007)
This gold medal of the Vatican was minted in 2007 and is the sixteenth in the series. Opens the sixth and final trilogy in The Raphael Rooms.The so-called "Raphael Rooms" were part of the apartment of the popes Julius II (1503-1515) and Leone IV (1513-1521). II entrusted their decoration to the young Raphael, who from 1508 began to paint the room of the Signatura, in the private library of the pope.
The frescoes follow the tradition of decoration typical of the libraries of the time, where every wall is fully dedicated to a discipline. Here are represented Theology, Philosophy, Law and Poetry.
In the "straight" is reprensented a particular section taken from the fresco devoted to Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle are intent to reflect on the search for truth. The caption on the medal reads above: "Raffaello" and under "La Scuola di Atene".
In the "reverse" is represente a self-portrait by Raphael, who painted, among the characters of the fresco, himself with a black cap on his head.
The medal bears the inscription: "Autoritratto di Raffaello - Musei Vaticani – XVI Anno – 2007”.
Diameter: 35 mm.
Weight: 34 grams in 18 Karati.
Coinage: 1000 copies, each coin has its own ID number stamped on the board.
Packaging: purple leather case with golden emblem of the Vatican on the cover, wrapped in suede fabric.
Certified warranty on parchment, confirming the authenticity and the specific number that identifies the gold medal. Signed by the Cardinal Edmun Casimir Szoka.
Cost: EUR 1150 - change in other currencies,
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