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'Alexander visiting Diogenes in his barrel' from The Story of Diogenes. An English Narrative Tapestry

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'Alexander visiting Diogenes in his barrel' from The Story of Diogenes. An English Narrative Tapestry, Post-Mortlake, circa 1700, after Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) woven with the philosopher and cynic Diogenes of Sinope, seated beside the barrel in which he lived having renounced all his possessions, with Alexander standing before him in armoured breastplate and feathered helmet, with his attendants looking on and a small boy holding up Alexander's shield, Diogenes is gesturing to Alexander to stand out of his light, set on the edge of a woodland with classical carved marble and other fragments and columns, some standing, within the trees, with distant landscape to the left with town on the hillside; in distinctive four-sides exuberant border, the sides with hollowed out 'sandstone' pillars, on a brown ground, the horizontal borders with flowers and foliage and interspersed curves of sandstone, with narrow bead and reel inner border, both with a variable scroll surround cabochon (once centred), the larger top border cabochon with faintly visible Latin inscription 'Sensit Alexander, testa quum vidit in illa magnum habitatorem, quanto felicior, hic, qui nil cuperet, quam qui totum sibi posceret orbem', with blind lower border cabochon reduced in width on the left. Approx 14ft. high, 14ft. 3in wide.

ID:  115699



This item is on loan to The National Trust ("NT") for display at Dyrham Hall, Gloucestershire when the property is open to the public.