Allegory showing Minerva and the Sciences led weeping to the urn containing Sir Isaac's remains.
An Allegorical Monument to Sir Isaac Newton by Giovanni Battista Pittoni, 17271729
© Fitzwilliam Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 220 x 139 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £38,335)
- Acquired in:
- Julius Weitzner
In the middleground various predecessors of Newton on either side of a pedestal, on which are figures symbolising Mathematics and Truth. The ray of light striking through a prism across centre of the picture was intended to represent Isaac Newton's celebrated experiment with the analysis of light. The architectural setting was painted by D and G Valeriani.
Part of a series representing imaginary monuments of illustrious Englishmen commissioned by Owen MacSwinny from leading Venetian and Bolognese artists in Venice, 1720-30; Sir William Morice; Capt. Heatley; presented to Ushaw College, Durham, circa 1820; S
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