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Unknown Man
The Astronomer Galileo 1564-1642


Unknown (Miniaturist)

Legal notes

In memory of his son, Crispin de Pass.

Measurements and weight

Height: 40 mm
Width: 36 mm

Relative size of this object

3.6 m4 m What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by Pass, Alfred A. de



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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of metal

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on metal

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a coronet with decoration over part of a large design

  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Incised

Inscription present: in an early 19th century hand

  • Text: Galileo / a. Florentine / Mathematician
  • Location: Backing card

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: 3813
Primary reference Number: 18069
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Miniature (painting)" Web page available at: Accessed: 2021-12-09 12:31:10

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