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Portrait of an Astronomer

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Gabriel REVEL , 1643 - 1712

Portrait of an Astronomer

Date: about 1670
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 110.9 x 95.3 cm
Acquisition credit: Presented by Rosalind, Countess of Carlisle, 1913

On the basis of the inscription this painting has in the past been considered to be a portrait of the philosopher Descartes (1596 - 1650) by Pierre Mignard. However, there is no relation to the authenticated likenesses of Descartes, nor is this painting by Mignard. A recent attribution for this painting to the portraitist Gabriel Revel seems probable.

The costume accords with a date of about 1670.


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