Product images of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
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Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Inscribed 'Galileo Galilei Linceo Filosafo E Matematico del Ser. mo Gran Duca di Tosca'. Above Galileo the two putti illustrate two aspects of astronomy. The putto on the left holds a hinged rule with a quadrant arc, similar to a device invented by Galileo as a mathematical aid, and thus represents the traditional astronomy of charting stars. The putto on the right appears to be holding a telescope, albeit one that looks somewhat like a trumpet, and so symbolises the new astronomy of discovering stars with the telescope that Galileo had initiated. A few early telescopes are known to have been trumpet-shaped, including one now in the National Maritime Museum (NAV1547). Originally the frontispiece to the collected works of Galileo. The image was first used as the frontispiece to Galileo's 'Istoria e Dimonstrazioni intorno all Machie Solari' (Rome, 1613) and again for 'Il saggiatore' (Rome, 1623).
Original size: 214 mm x 158 mm
- Image reference: PT3986
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London