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Diogenes, in the environs of Athens, sees a man drinking water with his hands and discards his cup as unnecessary. Engraving by E. Baudet after N. Poussin, 169-.

  • Poussin, Nicolas, 1594?-1665.
Date
[between 1694 and 1700?]
Reference
3043901i
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Description

Described by Baudet in the lettering: Poussin has painted in the foreground the encounter that Diogenes had with a young man who was drinking water from a fountain in the hollow of his hands, which compelled the philosopher to throw on the ground the cup which he was using before and which he recognized as having no use to him. But it seems that the painter has here particularly applied himself to a make a landscape which would give a good idea of the environs of the city of Athens. One sees on one side the entrance to that city. On the other side some pleasure houses situated near a wide river. And the whole countryside is populated with various inhabitants: some bathe, others fish with rod and line, several promenade or rest, and some philosophers who are not far from Diogenes converse together or with their disciples

Publication/Creation

[Paris] : [E. Baudet?], [between 1694 and 1700?]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 57.7 x 76.3 cm

Lettering

Dedié a Louis le Grand Roy de France et de Navarre. Par son tres humble tres obeissant serviteur et sujet Estienne Baudet. Le Poussin a peint sur le devant de ce tableau la rencontre que Diogene fit d'un jeune homme qui buvoit de l'eau d'une fontaine dans le creux de sa main, ce qui engagea le philosophe a jetter par terre une tasse dont il se servoit auparavant et qu'il connut luy estre inutile. Mais il paroist que le peintre s'est icy particulierement appliqué a faire un paisage qui donnast une idée avantageuse des environs de la ville d'Athenes. L'on voit d'un costé l'entrée de cette ville. De l'autre costé quelques maisons de plaisance scituées proche d'une riviere fort large; Et tout le pays est peuplé de divers habitans, les uns se baignent, d'autres peschent a l'hameçon, plusieurs se promenent ou se reposent, et des philosophes qui ne sont pas fort éloignez de Diogene s'entretiennent ensemble ou avec leurs disciples. P. p N. Poussin. D. et g. par Est. Baudet g. ord. du R. aux gall. du Louvre à Paris

Edition

[State without the imprint of Chéreau but with the number "2"].

References note

Roger-Armand Weigert et al., Inventaire du fonds français, graveurs du XVIIe siècle, Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes, tome I, Paris 1939, p. 297, no. 59 ("Diogène jette son ecuelle")

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 3043901i

Languages

  • French


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