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School of Athens, exclusive post-restoration images of the Raphael cartoon now available at Bridgeman Images

Aristotle and his students, detail from The School of Athens, 1510, by Raphael (1483-1520), preparatory cartoon, charcoal and white lead, 285x804 cm. After restoration, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino) (1483-1520) / Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy / © Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Malcagni/Mondadori Portfolio / Bridgeman Images
Bridgeman Images press release – 26 March 2019.

We are excited to announce that we have new and exclusive post-restoration photography of Raphael’s preliminary study for his fresco masterpiece The School of Athens, via the amazing Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana collection.

After the completion of the restoration of The School of Athens preliminary cartoon, Raphael’s masterpiece has been made public again at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

We are excited to share with you exclusive photography of the restored work.

The Ambrosian Library is the oldest public library in Italy.

Alongside the library is the Ambrosian Art Gallery (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana) which houses an impressive selection of Italian and European art, such as da Vinci’s Portrait of a Musician, Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit, and Raphael’s cartoon of The School of Athens.

Bridgeman Images, thanks to the partnership between Mondadori Portfolio and Ambrosiana, are now the exclusive representatives of the Ambrosiana collection in the UK, USA and France whilst the collection is available to license in most other territories.

We look forward to helping you with all your licensing requests.

If you have any questions regarding this collection, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Notes to Editors

About Bridgeman Images  

Bridgeman Images is the world’s leading rights-managed specialists in licensing art, culture and historical images to a wide range of industries. For nearly 50 years it has built up a global client base with key offices in UK, USA, France, Germany and Italy, representing leading museums and artists for copyright. Bridgeman Images splits reproduction fees with its partner collections, creating a vital revenue stream for the museum sector.

About Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan

Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan is one of the most important cultural and historical institutions in the world.

The library was founded in 1609, and houses some of the most important literary works in the world, including the Codex Atlanticus, as well as The Ambrosian Art Gallery (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana).

Its archive contains over 6,000 images which consist of works of art, architecture, and literature.

Picture credit:

Aristotle and his students, detail from The School of Athens, 1510, by Raphael (1483-1520), preparatory cartoon, charcoal and white lead, 285×804 cm. After restoration, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino) (1483-1520) / Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy / © Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Malcagni/Mondadori Portfolio / Bridgeman Images