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An Old Man holding a Pilgrim-Bottle

A pilgrim bottle could be attached by cords to the waist of a traveller or pilgrim. The subject may be the Greek philosopher Democritus, who is often shown grinning, worldly wise, at a globe that represents the world.

Once thought to be Spanish, a recent attribution to Pietro Bellotti (1627 - 1700) has been proposed.

Key facts
Artist Italian
Full title An Old Man holding a Pilgrim-Bottle
Date made probably 1650s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 112.5 x 91.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1945
Inventory number NG5595
Location in Gallery Not on display
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