„The oil painting with the three philosophers in a landscape, two standing and one seated, observing the rays of the sun, with this so wonderfully painted rock ...“ In this note, written in 1525, the three men are identified as „philosophers“. They are considered now as being Pythagoras (sitting) and his two teachers Pherecydes and Thales who were regarded, during the Renaissance, to be the first philosophers of the western world. The rock formation with the spring probably is the oracle of Apollo of Didyma.
links stark beschnitten: Overall (left side heavily cut): 125,5 cm × 146,2 cm × 3,5 cm
Framed (without glass): 156,5 cm × 177 cm × 7,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1525 Taddeo Contarini, Venice; 1545 Dario Contarini; 1636 Bartolomeo della Nave, Venice; 1638-1649 Hamilton; Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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