Diogenes Seeking an Honest Man

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

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.

Date:

1645–47

Artist:

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Italian, 1609-1664

About this artwork

Diogenes the Cynic, a contemporary of Plato, is famous for having been an outspoken and contentious critic of convention. Believing that virtue was better revealed through action than theory, he maintained an ascetic lifestyle while deliberately acting out against what he found to be irrational societal customs. In this etching, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione showed Diogenes searching by lamplight, during the daytime, for a rational man. Instead of finding a man, the shoeless philosopher stumbles upon bones, vegetables, decaying bits of statues, and scavenging owls and monkeys.

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Artist

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Title

Diogenes Seeking an Honest Man

Origin

Italy

Date

1645–1647

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

219 x 306 mm (image); 220 x 310 mm (plate)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1939.313

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