Gerrit van Honthorst, The Steadfast Philosopher, 1623

We find the philosopher working hard at his studies with quill in hand, writing a book, when suddenly an attractive maiden enters and drops her dress. She tempts him with the flesh, yet he remains steadfast and refuses her sexual advances.

Honthorst’s woman is an allegory for sexual thoughts that may occupy one’s mind when trying to get work done. ‘Don’t procrastinate’ is the moral of the story.

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