Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Now At FT Alphaville: Getting Schooled

On Alphaville's twitter sidebar is a tweet retweeted by David Keohane  that shows the priceless fresco that Raphael did for the Vatican, The School of Athens, captioned "How the FOMC looked during the last hike".

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):

File:Raffaello Scuola di Atene numbered.svg

1: Zeno of Citium 2: Epicurus 3: unknown[14] 4: Boethius or Anaximander or Empedocles? 5: Averroes 6: Pythagoras 7: Alcibiades or Alexander the Great? 8: Antisthenes or Xenophon or Timon? 9: Uncertain,[14][15] Fornarina as a personification of Love[16] 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 SodomaPerugino, or Timoteo Viti)[17] 

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!''.

HT: Cubiclebot