Demokritus in Meditation  1651

by Salvator Rosa

The painting is a companion piece to Diogenes Throwing Away his Bowl, also by Rosa. Both pictures were painted between 1650 and 1651 and are counted among Rosa’s principal works. [br] [b]The painting's motif[/b] Democritus is shown deep in thought with a book in his lap among heaps of bones and the debris of human activity. Books, papers, a helmet, and artist’s brushes ...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Denmark