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Diogenes, being offered whatever he wants by Alexander the Great, asks Alexander to step aside so that he can see the sun: Alexander realizes that the person who desires little is happier than the person who demands much. Etching by S. Rosa.

  • Rosa, Salvatore, 1615-1673.
Date
[16--]
Reference
38758i
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[16--]

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1 print : etching ; platemark 45.5 x 27.2 cm

Lettering

Sensit Alexander testa quum vidit in illa / Magnum habitatorem, quanto felicior hic, qui / Nil cuperet, quam qui totum sibi posceret orbem ; Salvator Rosa inv. scul.

References note

Adam Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Würzburg 1920-1922, vol. 20, p. 163, no. 6

Lettering note

The three Latin verses are from Juvenal, Satirae XIV, vv. 311-313: "Alexander realized, when he saw that great barrel-dweller, how much happier this man would be who desired nothing than he who demanded the whole world for himself"

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 38758i

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  • Latin


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