The Philosophers' Wood

This is a copy of a signed work by Salvator Rosa of about 1645 in the Pitti Palace in Florence. It shows an episode from the story of the Stoic philosopher Diogenes, who wanted to be free of all earthly attachments. On seeing a boy drinking with his hands from a stream he threw away his drinking bowl, his last remaining possession.

Key facts

Artist dates
1615 - 1673
Full title
The Philosophers' Wood
Date made
after 1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
148.3 x 220.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Princess Sophia Matilda, 1843
Inventory number
Location in Gallery