The School of Athens
Engraving, 500 × 397 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 25380
Although the Mantuan engraver, Giorgio Ghisi transformed the fresco with an arched top into a rectangular format, he was certainly aware of the finished wall painting. This is proven by the inclusion of the seated figure in the foreground, usually identified as Michelangelo, that Raphael added subsequently to the fresco. The inscription describing the scene as Saint Paul preaching in Athens derives possibly from the publisher, and perhaps encouraged the selling of the print of a complex theological content.