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Tycho Brahe (1546–1601)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Half-length portrait showing Tycho Brahe at full face, with thinning dark hair and a full beard with long moustaches. He wears a prosthetic nose as his real nose was cut off in a duel. Brahe’s face is bordered by a white ruff collar and he is dressed in a dark coat with gold buttons. He wears a triple gold chain from which hangs a medallion with a classical head in profile. His left hand rests on a celestial globe showing a cartouche (not legible) and the constellations of Canis Major, Gemini and Orion.

The Royal Society


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    105.6 x 82.6 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by Mrs Margaret Flamsteed; presented by James Hodgson, 1732


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