“Galileo Galilei” (c.1635) by Justus Suttermans

This oil-on-canvas portrait of Galileo Galilei can be seen in room E8, on the first floor of the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. It is one of the most famous works by Flemish painter, Justus Suttermans (1597-1681). It was commissioned by a very close friend of the scientist, Elia Diodati (1576-1661), who has been involved since the 1620s in spreading Galileo's writings across Europe. After Galileo’s death, Diodati planned the publication of his complete works. At the time of the painting, Galileo was around 70 years old and was living in exile on the hill of Arcetri, in the Florence’ s countryside.

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