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Portrait of the Poet Homer
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Portrait of the Poet Homer

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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).
Date Description Narrative
4/20/1955Treatmentsurface cleaned
1/01/1972Examinationexamined for condition
3/30/1972Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition; inpainted; other
12/20/1991Examinationexamined 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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1639 (Baroque)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 28 3/8 x W: 22 3/8 in. (72.1 x 56.8 cm)
  • Netherlands (Place of Origin)
  • Flanders (Place of Origin)
  • France (Place of Origin)


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