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UN GIOCO OTTICO DI LUDOVICO BUTI AL MUSEO DI STORIA DELLA SCIENZA DI FIRENZE

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Records in the Medici archives report a payment for an optical game made by the painter Ludovico Buti in February 1593. The detailed description of the scientific tool corresponds exactly to the optical game from the Medicean collection that is currently conserved in the Museum of History of Science in Florence.

This game was initially attributed to Jean Franois Niceron. This attribution is disproved by the fact that Buti's death took place two years before Niceron's birth.

The tool allows one to see the Portraits of the Duke of Lorraine and his daughter Christine at the same time, thanks to a mirror and 37 prismatic bars where the two faces are painted.

Ludovico Buti made the tool for Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici, probably following the instructions provided by the cartographer and monk Egnazio Danti in his commentary on Vignola's work.

Affiliations: 1: Firenze

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