The Parnassus is a painting by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. Pope Julius II commissioned Raphael to decorate with frescoes the rooms that are now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Palace of the Vatican. It is located in the Stanza della segnatura, the first room that Raphael decorated, that portrays the four areas of human knowledge: philosophy, religion, poetry and law. The Parnassus represents poetry, ancient and Renaissance poets are centered around Apollo, who is seated on top of Mount Helicon, and nine muses. Apollo, along with Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, inspired...