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Image number: RS.9646
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Galileo Galilei

Date

19th century

Sitter

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642, Italian), Astronomer

Creator

Unknown, Artist

After

Justus Suttermans (1597-1681, Flemish), Painter

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 609mm
width (painting): 508mm

Subject

Description

Half-length portrait of Galileo, bearded, gazing upwards and to the viewer’s left, wearing dark clothing, with a white collar.

Object history

Purchased, mid-19th century.

A copy of the well-known portrait in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, painted in 1636, originally sent to Paris, then later in the collection of Ferdinando II de’ Medici. This work appears in Weld’s catalogue of 1860 [Descriptive catalogue of the portraits in the possession of the Royal Society, by Charles Richard weld (Taylor and Francis, 1860), p.30], but not in an earlier listing of 1834 and must therefore have been purchased between these dates.

Associated place

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