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Portrait of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


ca. 1695


Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716, German), Mathematician


Unknown, Artist

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height (painting): 870mm
width (painting): 711mm



Leibniz is shown at half-length in a painted oval. He wears a dark shoulder-length wig and is dressed in a white shirt, with gold and jewelled clasps at the throat and cuffs with a gold waistcoat. Over this, a red loose robe trimmed with blue collar and cuffs. In his left hand he holds a paper listing his achievements, commencing: “Opus philosophicum. De Arte Combinatoria. Nova calculi differentialis…”.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1673.


G.W.LEIBNITZ F.R.S. (1648-1714)
G.W.Leibitz (1746-1716)
Guglielmo Gottifredo Barone di Leibnitz – Celebre Matematico, ritrovatore del calcolo integrale differenziale – nato a Lipsia nel 1646 – morto ne 1716 di Anni 70. Dizionario Storico di Lavocat – Vol.IV

Object history

Presented by Dr Wilson of Florence, 1883 (donated with the Society’s portrait of Vincenzo Viviani).

The presentation is noted in Council Minutes: “ Dr Wilson, of the Palazzo Piccolini, Florence, having offered, in an interview with the Assistant Secretary, to present to the Society a portrait of Leibnitz and of Viviani, it was – Resolved, – That Dr. Wilson’s valuable offer of the two portraits be cordially accepted...“ [Royal Society Council Minutes, Printed, vol.5 1878-1884, p.400, meeting of 25 October 1883].

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