The School of Athens' was painted by the Italian master Raphael. It was hugely influential at the time, and remembered as the perfection of artistic ideals from the time period. The painting features several figures from classical Greece, and it is a statement about the coexistence of pagan Greek philosophy and modern Christian Italian culture as the basis for European civilization.
Art is a great status symbol in modern society. Because of that, it can be quite intimidating to the casual viewer. Art can be a great source of pleasure in our lives as well, and even a passing acquaintance with art can enrich our understanding of the world around us.