image Copernicus N, IM006245
Image number: RS.17153
Credit: ©The Royal Society

The choice between science and worldly temptation

Date

ca.1610s

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

v6 p5

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (Plate): 80mm
width (Plate): 98mm

Subject

Description

Engraving with a moral message, showing a man who needs to make a choice between science (depicted by an old man with an armillary sphere) and worldly temptation (depicted by a young woman). Seascape with boats, and a city in the background.

From a set of albums known as Collectanea Newtoniana, a selection of prints, original artwork and manuscripts relating to Newton, collected by Charles Turnor (1768-1853). Turnor was an astronomer, collector and Fellow of the Royal Society. He owned Woolsthorpe Manor (Newton’s birthplace).

Related Fellows

Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British), Natural philosopher

Associated place