The painting of this gifted and talented artist has special significance and value for Rubens himself. “Just Lipsy and his students” is another name for this painting, and the peculiarity is that the artist painted in the picture the most dear people - a brother, his close friend and a man whose role in their life became decisive - teacher Justus Lipsius.
The painting depicts a marble sculpture of the Roman philosopher Seneca, under his head is a great teacher with his beloved students. The artist on this canvas portrayed himself, but he is a little distant from the participants in philosophical discussions. The artist is depicted in the person of an ordinary listener, ready to indulge in these intelligent and philosophical speeches for a long time. The picture is made in a rich color palette, and even luxury and some pomposity are observed. Luxury lies in such details as a pillar made of marble, a curtain of luxurious and bright drape. You can see in the picture how next to the bust of a Roman artist is a transparent vase with beautiful and bright tulips.
The picture is interesting in that not only the teacher appears before us as a bright personality, but also the students have their own individuality and characteristic features and differences. Looking at the picture, you can see that the artist puts family ties and friendship in the first place, because he depicted the people dear to the heart in the foreground, and he himself removed from them.
In general, the emotions that the picture conveys immerses the observer in the inner world of the participants in the philosophical conversation.