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.