Description The Greek philosopher Diogenes (404-323 BC) is seated in his abode, the earthenware tub, in the Metroon, Athens, lighting the lamp in daylight with which he was to search for an honest man. His companions were dogs that also served as emblems of his "Cynic" (Greek: "kynikos," dog-like) philosophy, which emphasized an austere existence. Three years after this painting was first exhibited, Gerome was appointed a professor of painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he would instruct many students, both French and foreign.
|3/31/1943||Treatment||varnish removed; inpainted; coated|
|10/20/1964||Treatment||surface cleaned; lined; inpainted; coated|
|1/10/2000||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
|9/27/2000||Treatment||surface cleaned; varnish reduced; coated; inpainted|
|5/21/2001||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
- Hommage à Baudelaire. Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park. 1968.
- Jean-Léon Gérôme. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1972-1973.
- Gérôme and Goupil: Art and Enterprise. Musée Goupil, Bordeaux; Dahesh Museum of Art, New York; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh. 2001.
- The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Musee D'Orsay, Paris; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid. 2010-2011.
- Public Property. 2012.
- From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance August Belmont, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; August Belmont Sale, New York, November, 1872, no. 31; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1872, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Upper left: J. L. Gerome; [Date] Upper left: MDCCCLX
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1872
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