Le Philosophe Democrite.De la Galerie du Palais Royal. Ecole Napolitaine.
Engraving, sheet 245 x 175mm. 9½ x 7". Trimmed from a larger sheet, lacking text description and printed border, crease.
Democritus (c.460 BCE – c.370 BCE) was an Ancient Greek philosopher born in Abdera, Thrace, Greece. Known as the 'laughing philosopher', he smiles broadly. Democritus was an influential pre-Socratic philosopher and pupil of Leucippus, who formulated an atomic theory for the cosmos. Here he is placed among classical ruins in a landscape, compass in left hand and pointing at a spot on a globe with his right hand; quill pen and papers and books to left. From 'Galerie du Palais Royal', a set published between 1786 and 1808.
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