On View In:
Gallery 308
Artist:   Johann Carl Loth  
Title:   Diogenes  
Date:   17th century  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   40 5/8 x 32 3/4 in. (103.19 x 83.19 cm) (canvas)  
Credit Line:   The John R. Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery 308  

Diogenes was a Greek philosopher of the 4th century B.C.E. He was a founding member of the Cynic sect of philosophers who believed that surrendering to outside influences was beneath human dignity. According to the Cynics, self-control and virtue were the most important characteristics of man. Diogenes is depicted with his lantern, in reference to the story that the philosopher carried the lamp around in the daylight hours as part of his search for an honest man in a society of scoundrels.

Name:   Loth, Johann Carl  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German, 1632 - 1698  

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , ,  
Accession #:   67.50  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts