Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford
‘A portrait of Hevelius: the Astronomer and his Artists’
by Dr Inga Elmqvist Söderlund
Director of the Observatory Museum, Stockholm
Tuesday, 25 October 7 pm
This year is the 400th anniversary of the birth of the famous Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius. In 1679 he presented his portrait by Andreas Stech to Oxford University. It has recently returned from an exhibition in Gdańsk. Stech was one of the many painters and engravers who cooperated with Hevelius to create some of the finest illustrated books on astronomy ever made. This talk focuses on the portrait and the illustrations in Hevelius’s books.