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Identification and Creation
Object Number
William Tolman Carlton, American (Boston, MA 1816 - 1888 Dorchester, MA)
Copy after Justus Suttermans, Flemish (Anvers 1597 - 1681 Florence, Italy)
Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), after Justus Suttermans
Other Titles
Former Title: Portrait of Galileo, from the Original, in the Florence Gallery
Former Title: Head of Galileo--A Copy from Subterman's Piece in The Royal Gallery at Florence
Former Title: Head of Galileo--A Copy from Subtermans in The Royal Gallery at Florence
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
68.5 x 55.2 cm (26 15/16 x 21 3/4 in.)
framed: 85.1 x 73 x 8.9 cm (33 1/2 x 28 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.)
Gift of the artist to Harvard University, 1890.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of W. T. Carleton to the University, 1890
Object Number
European and American Art
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The original portrait of Galileo by Sustermanns is in the Uffizi Museum, Florence.
Publication History

Boston Artists' Association, The Constitution of the Boston Artists' Association, with a Catalogue of the first public exhibition of paintings at Harding's Gallery, exh. cat. (Boston, MA, 1842), cat. 110

Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Catalogue of the Second Exhibition, exh. cat. (Albany, NY, 1847), cat. 119

Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Catalogue of the Third Exhibition, exh. cat. (Albany, NY, 1848), cat. 156

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 19

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 60

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), p. 113, cat. 66, ill.

Exhibition History

1842 Exhibition, Boston Artists' Association, Boston, 01/01/1842 - 12/31/1842

Second Exhibition, Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, 01/01/1847 - 12/31/1847

Third Exhibition, Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, 01/01/1848 - 12/31/1848

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