Jean-Léon Gérôme, Diogenes, 1860. Oil on canvas, 74.5 x 101 cm. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
The Greek philosopher Diogenes (404-323 BC) is seated in his abode, the earthenware tub, in the Metroon, Athens, lighting the lamp in daylight with which he was to search for an honest man. His companions were dogs that also served as emblems of his “Cynic” (Greek: “kynikos,” dog-like) philosophy, which emphasized an austere existence. (Source: The Walters Art Museum)
Diógenes de Sinope decía: mientras más conozco a la gente, más quiero a mi perro.