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Viviani is painted at half-length, seated, before a table upon which there is a brass armillary sphere, pen and wooden inkwell, with a sheaf of drawings. His left hand grips the wooden arm of the chair, while the right rests on the sphere, holding brass dividers. He is dressed in a loose green gown, trimmed with brown fur at the collar and cuffs. He wears a white shirt held at the throat with a gold and jewelled clasp. Two volumes lie flat at his right side: the spines are inscribed 'De Maximis et Minimis Geometrica Divinitatio' and 'De Locis solidis altero Divinat…', both works by Viviani. Behind and to the extreme right of the picture is the suggestion of a glass vase on a cabinet.

The Royal Society



Vincenzo Viviani (1622–1703)




oil on canvas


H 97.8 x W 75.6 cm

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presented by Dr Wilson of Florence, 1883

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