Phryne Tempting Xenocrates.From the Original Picture Painted by Salvator Rosa, In the Collection of the Right Honourable the Earl of Besborough
Published July 18th. 1770 by J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside London.
Engraving, 510 x 380mm. 20 x 15".
The famous Greek courtesan Phryne (4thC BC fl.) reclining invitingly to left against a cushion, pointing and looking towards the philosopher Xenocrates (396 BC - 314 BC), who draws back. Phryne tested the legendary self-control of Xenocrates, one of Plato's successors and scholarch/rector of the Academy 339-314 BC. Crest below image. Numbered 'Vol.II.No. 9' lower left, with dimensions of original painting. After Italian painter Salvator Rosa (1615 - 1673).
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