Original Artwork Information
Artist: Johannes Vermeer
Title: The Astronomer
Year: c. 1668
Type: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 cm × 45 cm (20 in × 18 in)
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris
"The astronomer's profession is shown by the celestial globe (version by Jodocus Hondius) and the book on the table, Metius's Institutiones Astronomicae Geographicae). Symbolically, the volume is open to Book III, a section advising the astronomer to seek "inspiration from God" and the painting on the wall shows the finding of Moses—Moses may represent knowledge and science ("learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians")."