The scene is laid in a magnificent building, imitated from the original designs for St. Peter's, made by Bramante and Michael Angelo. Though called the school of Athens, it represents philosophy in general, . . . each philosopher, by his postures and gestures, characterizing his peculiar doctrines and opinions. In the centre are Plato and Aristotle. The style and attitude of Plato denote that he taught of immortality. Pythagoras has his hands concealed in his mantle, referring to the secrecy he enjoined. The figure leaning on a column is Parmenides, and near him sits his adopted son Zeno. Socrates, known by his face, is talking with his fingers to Alcibiades, in armour. Thales, the geometrician, is supposed to be walking. Xenophon appears to be calling to a youthful figure, his son Gryllus. Epicurus is crowned with vine leaves. Diogenes, with his cup, is seen on the second step. Below him is Bramante, as Archimedes, tracing an hexagonal figure. The crowned figure, holding a globe, is Alphonso of Arragon, as Zoroaster, conversing with two persons, . . . Raphael, and his master Perugino. . . . [P. 18; exhibited under heading: "Catalogue of Engravings" and noted as after the "Celebrated Frescoes of Raphael, in the Halls of the Vatican."]
Catalogue of the Exhibition of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts. Founded 1844. Now open in the large Saloon of the National Academy of Design, corner of Broadway and Leonard-Street. New York: James Van Norden & Co, Printers, No. 60 William-Street. 1844.