Heraclitus, Hendrick ter Brugghen, 1628

Heraclitus, Hendrick ter Brugghen, 1628

oil on canvas, h 85.5cm × w 70cm More details

The Greek sage Heraclitus was known as the crying philosopher because he mourned the folly of mankind, while his opposite Democritus (the nearby pendant) could only laugh at it. Here Heraclitus looks like a melancholy old man. Downcast, he leans on a terrestrial globe and gestures dismissively with his left hand, as if to say: ‘All is for nought, the world will come to nothing.’

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