"for though they never gathered in one hall or on one mountain-top, they surely form a community in our thoughts"

 

   The School of Athens is one of the frescoes painted by the early 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist 'Raphael' in the reception rooms of the Papal Palace in Vatican City.  It depicts an impossible assemblage of sages and philosophers from various nations and centuries, suggesting that those dedicated to the progression of human understanding are bound by ties that overcome time or space.