Rembrandt : Faust (ca. 1652)
An old man looks up from his work. A bright, radiating disk has appeared at the window of his study. Within the circle of light is a mysterious text. It is an anagram - that is, words in which the letters are in a different order. Reading from the inside out, it says: INRI ADAM Te DAGERAM AMRTET ALGAR ALGASTNA, although just what that means is unclear. To the right of the disk, a hand can be distinguished, which points to something resembling an oval mirror. Although the room is poorly lit, many things can still be perceived; the books, the globe¹ and the skull, left rear, all suggest that the man is educated.
¹The object in this print by Rembrandt is a scientific instrument known as an astrolabe used to determine the positions of celestial bodies in relation to the horizon and to calculate time.