The painting “Astronomer”, Jan Vermeer Delft – description

Description of the picture:

The astrologer is Jan Vermeer Delft. Canvas, oil. 51.5×45.5

Perhaps, to write this picture to the famous Dutch painter Vermeer posed more eminent scientist and inventor of the microscope Anthony van Levenguk.

The hand of an astrologer touches the globe of the celestial sphere. There are a dozen books on the cabinet, a table with 3 circles drawn, whose purpose is currently undefined. Without books, maps, astrolabes and compasses, it is impossible to imagine a scientist of that distant time. The painter so accurately prescribed the details of the picture that the illustration reproduced by him in the opened book of the astrologer allowed researchers to establish its title."