Johannes Moreelse

Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher

705 detail signatuur
705 achterzijde
705 ingelijst
705 voorzijde
705 voorzijde

Johannes Moreelse
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher

1630 Non visitabile

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.

Dettagli tecnici
705 voorzijde

Johannes Moreelse
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher

1630 Non visitabile

Torna su

Dettagli

Informazioni generali
Johannes Moreelse (Utrecht after 1602 - 1634 Utrecht)
Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
1630
painting
705
Materiale e dettagli tecnici
oil
canvas
73 x 84.5 cm
Iscrizione
op de globe: JPM
de 'P' is vermoedelijk een latere toevoeging

Origine

Gift of Leo Nardus, Arnouville, 1906