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Rene Descartes (1596–1650)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Half-length portrait of Descartes, who has long dark hair and a moustache with a small beard. He is dressed in a black coat or cloak with a white shirt collar, holding a hat in his left hand, just visible at the lower right of the painting.

The Royal Society


  • Date

    17th C–18th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    75.9 x 63.6 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by Matthew Maty, 1776


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