John Dee (1527–1608) was one of the most influential figures of the Elizabethan age. He studied mathematics and astrology and from an early age was supposed to practise magic. Ashmole owned a number of Dee's manuscripts (now in the British Library) and obtained this portrait while gathering material for a biography, which, however, he never wrote.
Where to see this painting?
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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