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Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, after Anthony van Dyck, from the Iconography
28 cm x 19.3 cm (11 in. x 7 5/8 in.)
Lucas Vorsterman, the elder
(Zaltbommel, The Netherlands, 1595 - 1675, Antwerp, Belgium)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
French lawyer, senator, scientist, archeologist and astronomer, to name only a few of his roles, Peiresc is most noted for discovering the Orion Nebula. He commissioned the help of engraver Claude Mellan to produce a map of the Moon’s surface but died in 1637 before its completion.