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        The Tabula of Cebes

        Varin, Quentin (1570-1634); French. Medium: oil on canvas. Traditionally identified with the Cebes of Thebes of the Socratic dialogues of Plato; painting discribes the various states and conditions of human life and its proper courses; distinction between human and divine education; world represented as a mountain out of which come myriads of human creatures who climb upward in search of truth and immortality; Provenance: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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