The four philosophers are Peter Paul Rubens. 167x143
"Just Lipsy and his students" - the second name of the picture. This canvas was special for the painter himself, because here he portrayed people dear to his heart - brother Philip, friend Jan Waverius and their teacher Justus Lipsius.
Under the marble head of the great Seneca, there is a teacher Justus with his beloved and best students. A little in the distance, more likely not as a participant in a scientific discussion, but as an ordinary listener, the artist himself is depicted.
The background of the picture is pompous and even luxurious - a marble column, in the niche of which there is a bust, a draped bright red curtain, a landscape saturated with colors in the distance. At a niche, Rubens “paid tribute” to the great Roman philosopher, the teacher of Nero, Seneca, for all four characters in the picture — we see four tulips standing in a transparent vase.
The picture does not look like an ordinary group portrait - here, each hero is individual. All surroundings, books, feathers should emphasize the high intelligence of the conversation.
Absolutely brilliantly Rubens portrayed the faces of friends. He pushed their figures to the forefront, preferring to stay away. The filigree brush gave each its own peculiarity - the withered face of the teacher, inspired by his brother, full and thoughtful of a friend. The picture is a vivid example of the beauty and unity of the environment and the inner world.