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Nicolas Poussin

Landscape with Diogenes.

1648. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note.

Nicolas Poussin. Landscape with Diogenes.

Diogenes of Sinope (4th century BC) was a Cynic philosopher, who lived in Athens and Corinth. There are some anecdotes recorded about his extremely austere way of life. He despised worldly possessions to such extent that made his home in a barrel. Once Alexander the Great visited the philosopher and invited to ask any favor. Diogenes only asked that the king stand aside as he was shading him from the sun. Another anecdote says how Diogenes with a lighted lantern was “looking for an honest man” in a crowd of Athenians