Inventory number
P01680
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul (and Workshop)
Title
Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Chronology
1636 - 1638
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
183 cm x 64,5 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Portrait
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection (Torre de la Parada, El Pardo-Madrid, 1701; Royal Palace of El Pardo, Madrid, 1747; La Zarzuela Palace, El Pardo-Madrid, 1794)

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-470 B.C.), wears a black tunic and leans on a stone, weeping. He embodies the idea of a tragic sense of life, thinking about the future form a lonely and pessimistic point of view.

This work was made for the Torre de la Parada, a small royal palace near Madrid, and contrasts with the thinking of Democritus (P01682), with which it was paired.

 
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