image Leibniz P0080
Image number: RS.9348
Credit: © The Royal Society

Portrait of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Date

ca. 1695

Sitter

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

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Description

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.

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].

Associated place

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