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Diogenes Casting Away His Bowl

A work made of etching and drypoint on dark cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching and drypoint on dark cream laid paper.




Salvator Rosa
Italian, 1615-1673

About this artwork

Diogenes di Sinope (413-323 B.C.), an ascetic philosopher of Athens and Corinth, is said to have eschewed worldly goods to such an extent that he threw away his drinking bowl upon seeing a youth drinking water from cupped hands. This famous etching by Salvator Rosa reproduces (in reverse) the artist’s painting of the same subject in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (1651/52).


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Salvator Rosa


Diogenes Casting Away His Bowl


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching and drypoint on dark cream laid paper


Plate: 46 × 27.6 cm (18 1/8 × 10 7/8 in.); Sheet, max: 46.8 × 28.7 cm (18 7/16 × 11 5/16 in.)

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Suzanne Lord Folds and Everett D. Graff Endowments

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