Astronomer by Candlelight, c. 1665, oil on panel, arched top, 32 x 21.2 (12 5/8 x 8 3/8), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


Astronomer by Candlelight

Like Vermeer's Astronomer, Dou's painting shows a man, with a globe close at hand, who is seated before an open book, probably a treatise on geography or astronomy. Armed with a compass and guided by the volume before him, Dou's astronomer is a personification of the pursuit of knowledge.

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