By DESROTHERS, E.
Claude Ptolomée Celébre Mathematicien et astronome, vivoit dans le ne. Siecle du tems de Mare Aurele Antonin
- Author: DESROTHERS, E.
- Publication place: Paris
- Publisher: Chez E. Desrothers
- Publication date: nineteenth century
- Physical description: Engraved portrait.
- Dimensions: 150 by 110mm (6 by 4.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 18160
In 1598, Ptolemy’s portrait, obviously improvised, was engraved by Theodore de Bry as part of his portrait gallery of notable figures. De Bry’s Ptolemy has a notably large nose and square beard, and is wearing a flat cap. The same portrait was later replicated by a Parisian engraving firm, as in the present example, which shows Ptolemy set within an oval frame atop a plinth on which he is identified and the following lines of text are given: “Le fameux ecrivain qu’a bon droit l’on renome, / Geographe, grand Astronome, / Guide son lecteur curieux, / Et sur la Terre et dans les Cieux”.