Now art lovers and history buffs can visit this jewel of a room in the Vatican Palace and appreciate these magnificent paintings, guided by the scholarship of a well-known art historian. This Jane's Smart Art Audio Guide to Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura is the exclusive audio adaptation of the popular book in The Great Fresco Cycles of the Renaissance series, written by James Beck, professor of art history at Columbia University and a renowned Renaissance scholar.
Jane's engaging narration reveals the historic context, the lofty humanist ideals, and the artistic genius that coincided to create these epic panoramic paintings. You will be fascinated to witness Raphael's artistic development as he painted his way around the room, culminating with his masterpiece, The School of Athens, on the east wall.
With Jane as your audio tour guide, you can put away your guidebook, become absorbed in the story of the creation and meaning of the Stanza, and experience a deep and lasting appreciation of the essence of this remarkable place.
The 30-minute "Slice of History" background segment is meant for advance listening. It provides the context that will enhance your appreciation of what you'll see once you arrive at the Vatican Palace.
The on-site tour takes 60 minutes, or 85 minutes if you opt to listen to the 25-minute Addendum. It begins inside the Stanza della Segnatura, with an overview of Raphael's thematic and structural presentation. Then, Jane's narration will guide your attention around the room, starting with the unusual illusionistic ceiling treatment, then on to the panoramic narrative fresco on each of the four walls.
A printable eight-panel PDF file includes 28 thumbnail images keyed to the audio track list, to help keep you oriented.