Portrait of an Astronomer

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1643 - 1712
Full title
Portrait of an Astronomer
Date made
about 1670
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
110.9 x 95.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Rosalind, Countess of Carlisle, 1913
Inventory number
Location in Gallery