Inventory number
P01680
Author
Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish)
Title
Heraclitus, the Crying Philosopher
Chronology
1636-1638
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
183 cm x 64,5 cm
School
Flamenca
Theme
Retrato
On display
No
Provenance
Colección Real (Torre de la Parada, El Pardo-Madrid, 1701; Palacio de El Pardo, Madrid, 1747; Palacio de la Zarzuela, El Pardo-Madrid, 1794)

The Greek philospher, 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 (P1682), with which it was paired.

 
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