Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Self-portrait by Salvator Rosa (c1645) - The Guardian.

"It is possible that in this self-portrait Rosa makes himself a personification of silence (a stoic virtue). The Latin inscription on the tablet he holds translates as "Keep silent unless your speech is better than silence", and the brown cloak he wears might refer to a poem on silence by Ariosto in which such garb is described."


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