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        Avicenna, illustration from 'Les vrais pourtraits et vies des hommes illustres' by Andre Thevet, published 1584

        French School, (16th century); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 1584. Avicenna (c.980-1037), also known as Ibn Sina, was a Persian polymath who wrote almost 450 treatises, of which 240 have survived; Most of his work was concerned with philosophy and medicine; Avicenna is regarded as the most influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age; Andre Thevet (1502-1590) was a Franciscan author; Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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