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A Young Astronomer
Olivier van Deuren

The young astronomer holds a celestial globe with constellations shown in the form of animals. Among those visible are some of the northern and zodiacal constellations: at the top, Draco; on the left, Ursa Major and, below it, Leo; on the right, beneath the encircling brass ring, Bubuleus. The stand for the globe is on the right, and a quadrant is in the foreground.

The attribution and dating depend on the similarity of this picture with a painting of an astronomer, dated 1685 and signed by van Deuren (New York, Christophe Janet, 1978). The model and globe appear to be the same in both works.

Key facts
Artist Olivier van Deuren
Artist dates 1666 - 1714
Full title A Young Astronomer
Date made about 1685
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 15.3 x 12.7 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2589
Location in Gallery Not on display
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