What An Iconic Painting of
The Renaissance Means To Sapere
Painted by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), The School of Athens is emblematic of that which we at Sapere cherish: a lifelong love of learning. Raphael’s enduring icon also inspires our unique approach to wealth management. The analogies are profound.
The first involves scale. The painting’s grand (room-sized) proportions are in sharp contrast to its astonishing details and its many ‘stories within a story’ that do not immediately reveal themselves. Similarly, Sapere scrutinizes the global macro economy as well as the myriad small details within it – an equally astonishing range of often seemingly disconnected events, trends, markets and more. Together, these two very different ways of seeing contribute to Sapere’s multi-layered decision making processes.
The second involves perspective. The School of Athens expertly depicts a panoramic view of the wise men of ancient Greece, most notaby Aristotle and Plato, using accurate perspective. In the context of Sapere, perspective means reasoned and seasoned objectivity – our expertise residing in the quality of our advice and the execution of resulting actions.
The third involves working style. As was customary for Raphael and his fellow members of the so-called ‘trilogy’ of The Renaissance Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, large frescoes were often executed by teams rather than individuals. For Sapere as for these great artists, carefully orchestrated teamwork lies at the very heart of consistent excellence.
Perhaps most importantly, as Raphael’s masterpiece celebrates the opposing philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, Sapere studies and selectively applies dissenting financial and economic schools of thought from throughout history. As Plato favored a more abstract interpretation of the universe, and Aristotle one more definitive and concrete, we seek 'sapere’, to know, through appreciation of both schools of thought, in various manifestations of economic thinking.
Plato (left) and Aristotle