Attributed to Gillis van Tilborgh II
Brussels (?) circa 1625 – circa 1678 Brussels
Two geographers, probably Democritus and Heraclitus
Oil on copper : 22,9 X 17,8 cm
Frame : 25,4 X 21,5 cm
The ancient Greek philosophers (fifth century BC), Democritus and Heraclitus are better-known as the laughing and the weeping philosophers. Democritus valued cheerfulness, while melancholic Heraclitus had a poor opinion of human affairs.