There are only two known existing authentic portraits of Galileo Galilei. Galileo was known for his work in physics, astronomy, and mathematics. He was born in 1564 and died in 1642.
Justus Sustermans painted portrait #1 in 1636. Sustermans (1597-1636) was a Flemish artist. He was highly respected during his lifetime.
Portrait #1 of Galileo by Justus Sustermans, 1636
Portrait #2 was painted by Italian printer and portrait painter Ottavio Leoni in 1624.
Portrait #2 of Galileo by Ottavio Leoni, 1624
There is also one post mortem portrait to mention. This portrait, entitled Galileo Facing the Roman Inquisition, was painted by Cristiano Banti in 1857.
Galileo Facing the Roman Inquisition by Cristiano Banti 1857
There are no other known portraits of Galileo painted during his lifetime, but the possibility of one turning up somewhere is great. Still wondering about a portrait in your family collection? Contact us... it could be a portrait of Galileo.
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