KEYSER, Nicaise de
(b. 1813, Zandvliet, d. 1887, Antwerpen)

The Philosopher

c. 1850
Oil on canvas
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The painting depicts a white-haired bearded old man. He sits reading in a chair in his study, rests his head in his hand and is surrounded by books, a quill pen and ink, various different types of vessels and a globe. A cat sits at his feet and a human skeleton hangs on the wall.

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