André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836)

Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)1829

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

A French physicist and mathematician, André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836) was born in Lyon and became a professor at the École Polytechnique in 1805 and later at the Université and the Collège de France. The inventor of the astatic needle that gave rise to the invention of the astatic galvanometer, he formulated the matematical basis of electrodynamics and developed Ampère's Law on electric currents.

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  • Title: André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836)
  • Creator: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Date Created: 1829
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Pierre-Jean David d'Angers (French, 1788-1856)
  • Provenance: Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: medallions (medals); portraits
  • Medium: bronze
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Bottom center: DAVID; [Date] Bottom center: 1829; [Inscription] At left: ANDRÉ MARIE AMPÈRE; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
  • Dimensions: Diam: 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters
  • Classification: Metal
  • Accession Number: 54.847


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