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John William Waterhouse painted Diogenes in 1882.

A pseudoperipteral temple and a little trio of cypress trees establish the Ancient Greek setting of the painting.

Meanwhile, three women in sumptuous clothes with flowers and fans peer down at the titular figure—Diogenes.

While Diogenes is often portrayed sitting in a barrel, Waterhouse puts him in an unusually large pithos, a ceramic storage vessel.

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Lord Frederic Leighton painted Lachrymae in 1895, depicting a woman mourning at a funerary monument.

Though the title is in Latin, the scene itself appears to be Greek, at least based on the vases.

The Metropolitan Museum points out the “cypresses, symbolic of mourning“ in the background, which—ubiquitous in paintings of classical scenes—are certainly a subtle touch. 

Indeed, even the glow of the setting sun is plausible enough not to break Leighton’s illusionistic composition, even as it underscores the emotion of the scene.


hiked 20km by myself last month and took a self portrait at the top of Mt. Unnecessary. snow stopped me from going all the way to the lions but it was still one of my favourite hikes ever. couple more of my favourite photos from this day coming soon.

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