REPLICA OF A 1672 MICROSCOPE
In collaboration with the ArtesMechanicae research team, the University of Padua commissioned Giulio Giannini e Figlio to create an exact reproduction of a microscope built by Eustachio Divini in 1672. The original instrument, which is unique, is found in the Padua University’s History of Physics Museum. A similar model was presented to the Royal Society and reviewed in a 1668 copy of Philosophycal Transaction. The microscope is the only of kind in this size (50 cm in length) constructed by Divini. The replica comprises only the body of the instrument and decorative elements. The original was covered in parchment but due to technical reasons, leather instead was chosen for the replica. The decorations were added in gold leaf with antique stamps from our historic collection.