Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Aristotle Refusing the Hemlock (?)

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

How you can use this image

© All rights reserved

Please note that image permissions vary across the Art UK website and that some artworks remain in copyright. Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image. The credit lines indicate who manages the rights within the artwork and the image.

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised.

Some images on Art UK are available to purchase as prints and may be available to license for commercial purposes through the Art UK Shop. If there is a shopping basket icon underneath an image, click on it to find out how to license that image or purchase a print, through either the Art UK Shop or sometimes through the collection directly.

The collection who own the work may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

The figures are similar to those in a painting of Diogenes and Alexander attributed to G. B. Langetti in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. The face of the philospher is also similar to a painting of Hagar and the angel attributed to Johann Carl Loth and offered for sale at Sotheby's, Monaco, 15–16 June 1990, lot 342. The story circulated in antiquity that the philosopher Aristotle was indicted for impiety and required to follow the example of Socrates by committing suicide, but that he refused to drink the hemlock and fled instead to Chalcis with the remark that he 'would not give the Athenians a second chance to sin against philosophy'.

Wellcome Collection



oil on canvas


H 114.5 x W 114.5 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936

Work type



This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2BE England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue