The story of the visit of the Athenian legislator Solon to King Croesus at Sardis is told by Herodotus and Plutarch. Croesus considered himself the happiest of men because of his immense wealth, but Solon disabused him.

The figures (and perhaps the flowers) are by a follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active by 1604; died 1649; 1568 - 1625
Full title
Croesus and Solon
Date made
about 1610
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
31.1 x 22.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1132
Location in Gallery