Habit d’Astrologue

This engraving depicts an astrologer or, rather, a man dressed as an astrologer, standing in front of the Paris Observatory. Zodiacal images adorn his body, from Aries on his head to Pisces on his foot. Suns, moons, and stars adorn his cape. He holds an armillary sphere in his right hand, and dividers in his left. A book marked “Copernicus” rests on his right arm, and one marked “Tycho Brahe” on his left. The “G. Valk Ex.” signature refers to Gerard Valck (1652-1726), an engraver and printer in Amsterdam.
This may be a copy, reversed right to left, of an image created by Bonnart in Paris, or Bonnart's image may be a reversed copy of this one.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1700
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 7 3/4 in; 27.94 cm x 19.685 cm
place made
Nederland: Noord-Holland, Amsterdam
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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