An image of Diogenes seeking an honest man

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

(Italy baptized 23 March 1609 – 05 May 1664)

Diogenes seeking an honest man

Location
Not on display
Further information

Castiglione worked in Genoa as a painter and printmaker. His etchings are particularly indebted to Rembrandt and they in turn influenced such artists as Tiepolo and Fragonard. This etching, in which the left arm of Diogenes has been left unfinished, represents some of the most traditional elements of Castiglione’s iconography: the vase, the half-bust sculpture, the animals, the ox skull. The story of Diogenes the Cynic who searched with a lantern at midday for an honest man, is told by Diogenes Laërtius in his ‘Lives of philosophers’.

Year
1645-1647
Media
Print
Medium
etching
Dimensions
21.8 x 30.5 cm platemark; 24.1 x 32.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1979
Accession number
234.1979