Rare-Antique Master Print-PHILOSOPHER-DIOGENES-SEARCH-HONEST MAN-Anonymous-c.1700

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‘ES PLAIN MIDY, TENANT UNE LUMIERE:
EIN PLAINE FOIRE, ON LON LES TROUVE A TAS:
CE PHILOSOPHE, UNG HOMME NE UEIT PAS,
QUI POUR TEMPER NE SE DONNAST CARRIERE,’

– This print is a bustling scene depicting a gathering of figures in what appears to be a public square or market place, reminiscent of a historical or biblical narrative. The text on the print is in French and translates roughly to:

“In broad daylight, holding a light,
In the busy fair, where they are found in abundance:
This Philosopher, a man does not see,
Who to temper himself would not give way.”

This verse seems to evoke the story of Diogenes, the Greek philosopher, who is said to have wandered through the streets of Athens with a lantern in broad daylight, searching for an honest man. The text emphasizes the theme of searching for truth or integrity amidst the chaos and distraction of daily life.

The etching itself is rich in detail and character. To the left, a woman sits with her goods for sale, and various individuals in the crowd are engaging with each other, suggesting lively commerce and interaction. A central figure stands out in the midst of the crowd, likely representing the philosopher mentioned in the text. This figure’s pose and the the lantern he holds, reinforcing the allusion to Diogenes.

In the background, the architecture is classical, with pillars and grand buildings suggesting an ancient Greek or Roman setting. The clothing of the figures varies, indicating a mix of social statuses and roles.

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SKU: PCO-17130 Categories: , Tag:

Description

Made by an anonymous engraver/artist.

Medium: Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.

Sheet size: 38.7 x 17.1 cm (15.24 x 6.73 inch).

Condition: good, given age. Small hole in bottom middle. Tear and areas of paper loss in the right margin, backed. A few scattered tiny holes. Some old fold lines. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.

PHILOSOPHER-DIOGENES | PCO-E8-39

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Source: unknown, to be determined.

Additional information

Dimensions 17 × 38 × 1 cm

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