Giambattista della Porta, Italian scholar

Giambattista della Porta, Italian scholar

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Caption: Giambattista della Porta (circa 1535-1615), Italian scholar and polymath. Della Porta wrote on a vide variety of subjects, including cryptography, physiognomy, meteorology, optics, astronomy, occult philosophy, astrology, and alchemy. His private museum inspired Kircher's collection in Rome. Della Porta was also the founder of the Academia Secretorum Naturae, one of the world's first scientific societies. He was also a playwright. Artwork from his book Phytognomonica (Naples, 1588).

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