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Encyclopedia > The Astronomer (painting)

The Astronomer is a painting finished about 1668 by the Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. It is oil on canvas, 51cm x 45 cm, and is on display at the Louvre, Paris [1]. View of Delft, 1660-1661 Johannes Vermeer (1632 - December 15, 1675) was a Dutch painter. ... The Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) in Paris, France, is the largest museum in the world. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur Tossed by the waves, she does not founder Coordinates : , Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) Administration Subdivisions 20 arrondissements Département Paris (75) Région ÃŽle-de-France Mayor Bertrand Delanoë (PS) City (commune) Characteristics Land Area 86. ...


Portrayals of scientists were a favourite topic in 17th century Dutch painting[2] and Vermeer's oeuvre includes both this astronomer and the slightly later The Geographer. Both are believed to portray the same man [3].


The astronomer's profession is shown by the celestial globe (version by Jodocus Hondius) and the book on the table, Metius's Institutiones Astronomicae Geographicae [4]. Symbolically, the volume is open to Book III, a section advising the astronomer to seek "inspiration from God" and the painting on the wall shows the finding of Moses – Moses may represent knowledge and science ("learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians", Acts 7:22 [5]). Jodocus Hondius on an engraving of the year 1619 Jodocus Hondius (1563-1611), sometimes called Jodocus Hondius the Elder to distinguish him from his son) was a Flemish artist, engraver, and cartographer. ... For the crater, see Metius (crater). ... Moses or Móshe (מֹשֶׁה, Standard Hebrew, Tiberian Hebrew Mōšeh, Arabic موسى MÅ«sa, Geez ሙሴ Musse) is a legendary Hebrew liberator, leader, lawgiver, prophet, and historian, and also one of the greatest figures in Jewish history. ...


References

(1,2) The Astronomer at the Louvre


(3,4) Essential Vermeer


(5) King James Bible


 
 

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