Establishment of the 'Academie des sciences' and foundation of the 'Observatoire'

Henri Testelin1673/1681

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Versailles, France

Colbert presenting the Royal Academy members to Louis XIV :

The Court
1-The king Louis XIV (1638-1715)
2-Monsieur, brother of the King, Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640-1701)
3-Duke of Rochechouart (1600-1675), Chamber's First Gentleman
4-Claude Perrault (1613-1688), doctor and architect

The government
5-Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), Comptroller-general of Finances and Superintendent of Royal Buildings
6-Charles Perrault (1628-1703), First higher servant of Royal Buildings

The Royal Academy members
7-Abbé Du Hamel (1624-1706), Academy secretary, anatomist, King's chaplain
8-Pierre de Carcavi (1600-1684), mathematician, geometrician, King's librarian
9-Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer
10-Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1626-1712), Savoyard engineer and asrtonomer

Hypothetical identifications
11-Abbé Jean Picard (1620-1682), astronomer and mathematician
12-Philippe de La Hire (1640-1718), astronomer, mathematician, geometrician, and member of the royal Academy in 1678
13-Abbé Edme Mariotte (around 1620-1684), physicist
14-Jacques Borelly (around 1623-1689), chemist. It is apparently on his suggestion to Cardinal d'Estrées that Vincenzo Coronelli would have realized the two globes, one representing the planets, the other the stars, which explains why he is represented unveiling a globe in the present composition.

Full title : Establishment of the 'Academie des sciences' and foundation of the 'Observatoire', 1666


  • Title: Establishment of the 'Academie des sciences' and foundation of the 'Observatoire'
  • Creator: Henri Testelin
  • Date Created: 1673/1681
  • Location Created: France

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