- The subject of this painting has been identified as the Greek pre- Socratic philosopher Heraclitus: "the weeping philosopher," with his hand over his mouth, worried about the world and "the obscure," dressed in dark clothing. In the past he has been also identified as 'St. Peter' and 'Man in contemplation'. His wrinkled, weeping face emerges from within a dark ground, and his features are gradually picked by a soft, golden surface light. It is an admirable painting and it has been suggested that it belongs to the circle of Ribera but this is uncertain.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 72 x 55 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
- 17th century [Create]
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