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Socrates and Alcibiades, 1813-1816
Oil on canvas. 32,7 x 24,1 cm
Inventory number: B212
While the Greek philosopher Socrates will be known to most people, it will perhaps be fitting to note that Alcibiades was an Athenian statesman and military commander who lived from c. 450 to 404 BC. As a young man he was a member of the circle around Socrates, and it is precisely the teacher/pupil relationship between them that Eckersberg depicts in this picture.