Aristotle refusing the hemlock (?). Oil painting by a painter in the circle of G.B. Langetti.

  • Langetti, Giovanni Battista, 1625-1676.
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Aristotle refusing the hemlock (?). Oil painting by a painter in the circle of G.B. Langetti. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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The story circulated in antiquity that the philosopher Aristotle was indicted for impiety and required to follow the example of Socrates by poisoning himself, but that he refused to drink the hemlock and fled instead to Chalcis with the remark that he "would not give the Athenians a second chance to sin against philosophy". This is assumed to be the subject of the present picture, though no other painting of the subject has been identified

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1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 114.5 x 114.5 cm

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Wellcome Collection 45519i

Creator/production credits

The figures are similar to those in a painting of Diogenes and Alexander attributed to G.B. Langetti in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. The face of the philospher is also similar to a painting of Hagar and the angel attributed to Johann Carl Loth and offered for sale at Sotheby's, Monaco, 15-16 June 1990, lot 342. Dawson Carr (National Gallery, London) compares it to the style of Luca Giordano

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