Portrait of Galileo Galilei
Oil on canvas
This painting is a very fine quality 19th century version of an Old Master portrait of the famous 16/17th century Italian Renaissance astronomer, scientist and philosopher Galileo.
Galileo constructed his own telescope and used his observations to determine, like Copernicus, that the sun was the centre of the solar system. This led to his investigation by the Inquistion on a charge of heresy.
Framed size 27.5 x 22.75 inches