We have some experience with the masterpiece having posted on it back in 2012 and we uncovered a little known fact:
"The School of Athens": Apparently Raphael, Not Naismith, is the Father of Basketball"
What, at first glance, is a gathering of Greek philosophers (note 14 and 15):
1: Zeno of Citium 2: Epicurus 3: unknown 4: Boethius or Anaximander or Empedocles? 5: Averroes 6: Pythagoras 7: Alcibiades or Alexander the Great? 8: Antisthenes or Xenophon or Timon? 9: Uncertain, Fornarina as a personification of Love or Francesco Maria della Rovere? 10: Aeschines or Xenophon? 11: Parmenides? 12: Socrates 13: Heraclitus (Michelangelo) 14: Plato (Leonardo da Vinci) 15: Aristotle 16: Diogenes17: Plotinus (Donatello?) 18: Euclid or Archimedes with students (Bramante?) 19: Zoroaster 20: Ptolemy? R: Apelles (Raphael) 21: Protogenes (Il Sodoma, Perugino, or Timoteo Viti)
Is, in actuality, the first known depiction of trash talkin' hoops one-upsmanship:
Aristotle: "I'm gonna own you old man''.
Plato: ''Yeah, check this out, biatch!''.