Johannes Moreelse

Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher

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705 achterzijde
705 ingelijst
705 voorzijde
705 voorzijde

Johannes Moreelse
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher

1630 Zu sehen in Saal 9

The Utrecht painter Johannes Moreelse worked for a few years in Rome, where he was influenced by the paintings of Caravaggio. He painted scenes in the style of Caravaggio, with unidealised half-length figures and big contrasts between light and dark.

The grinning man in this painting represents Democritus, the laughing philosopher. He is laughing at the vanity of mankind and the transience of the world. Democritus forms a pair with Heraclitus, the weeping philosopher. Moreelse made several versions of the two philosophers.

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705 voorzijde

Johannes Moreelse
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher

1630 Zu sehen in Saal 9

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Johannes Moreelse (Utrecht after 1602 - 1634 Utrecht)
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
1630
painting
705
Saal 9
Material und technische Daten
oil
canvas
73 x 84.5 cm
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op de globe: JPM
de 'P' is vermoedelijk een latere toevoeging

Ursprung

Gift of Leo Nardus, Arnouville, 1906