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The man in the fur trimmed coat is Professor Gemma Frisius, a renowned mathematician, astronomer and physician based in Leuven. He designed two globes, the second with his student Mercator. The Latin text and the glass sphere with the four seasons refer to the passage of life.


Title Portrait of Gemma Frisius
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 32
Dimensions (general) Width : 83,5 cm
Height : 104 cm
Makers Painter: Maarten van Heemskerck
Accession number 1347 (OK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Vereniging Rembrandt en / and D.G. van Beuningen 1936
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1936
Age maker Between 42 and 47 years old
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Maarten van Heemskerck - Het oude Rome herleeft / Ancient Rome Relives (2012)
Research Alma
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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All about the maker

Maarten van Heemskerck

Heemskerk 1498 - Haarlem 1574

Maerten van Heemskerck studied between 1527 and 1529 with Jan van Scorel in Haarlem, who had returned from Italy several years previously. Subsequently, in 1532..