Description The old man honored by a laurel wreath is Homer, the greatest poet of antiquity, identified by the inscription on the sheet of paper with the names of the cities that claimed Homer as a native. This imaginary portrait (no one knows what he looked like) is not so much a celebration of the author of the early Greek epic poems- The Iliad and The Odyssey- but of the fame that a poet could achieve. This splendid painting is dated but not signed. The forceful modeling suggests a Flemish painter influenced by Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610).
|1/01/1972||Examination||examined for condition|
|3/30/1972||Treatment||cleaned; examined for condition; inpainted; other|
|12/20/1991||Examination||examined for condition|
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Dated lower left.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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