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Maurice Ashley-Cooper; Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury
by John Closterman Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1700-1701
95 3/4 in. x 67 1/4 in. (2432 mm x 1708 mm)
Closterman designed two grand portraits with Shaftesbury that convey his patron's Neo-Platonist beliefs. This one, in an idealised landscape, shows Shaftesbury with his brother Maurice gesturing towards the light of knowledge. Behind them is a classical temple dedicated to Apollo, god of the liberal arts.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 557
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