Portrait of Tycho Brahe

Jacques de Gheyn II. - engraver

Jacques de Gheyn II. - engraver - Portrait of Tycho Brahe
De Gheyn was an outstanding portraitist. He made two different portraits of Tycho Brahe (1546? 1601), a Danish astronomer, astrologer and alchemist. Both of them were likely meant to adorn the scholar’s printed writings. The date 1586 contained in the inscription may refer to the origin of the drawn design as the print itself was made later. From 1599 on, Brahe lived in Prague as a court astronomer of Emperor Rudolf II, who allegedly invited him based on the recommendation of the naturalist Tadeáš Hájek. Brahe died in Prague two years later and was buried in the Church of Our Lady before Týn.
measurements: height 187 mm
width 133 mm
material: paper
technique: engraving
inventory number: R 48870
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings