One of several engravings with philosophical themes by Pietro Testa. The
inscription on the wall reads: "Wine makes the feast heavy,
but wisdom provides food for the mind." This engraving
is discussed in Elizabeth McGrath, "The Drunken Alcibiades: Rubens' Picture
of Plato's Symposium," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes,
v.46 (1983), 228-235. Click here
for Plato's text.