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21 May, 2009

Huygens in France

Etablissement de l'Académie des Sciences et fondation de l'observatoire. 1666

Etablissement de l'Académie des Sciences et fondation de l'observatoire. 1666

Is this Christiaan Huygens on the right side of Cassini (in robe)?

Is this Christiaan Huygens (right) by Cassini's side?

This painting shows the establishment of the Academy of Sciences in France in 1666, during the reign of Louis XIV. Christiaan Huygens was one of the founding members of the Academy, and he  lived in Paris from 1666 to 1681. Research done by  C.J. (Kees) Verduin  indicates that there may be an unknown portrait of Christian Huygens in this painting, which now hangs in the Musée National du Château et des Trianons in Versailles.

Go to A Portrait of Christiaan Huygens for more information on his research.

He also has a Christiaan Huygens web page here.

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