Galileo’s Middle Finger

Galileo’s Middle Finger


Galileo’s middle finger is on display at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy.


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In 2009, the Museo Galileo Museum director announced that the thumb and middle finger from Galileo's right hand had turned up at an auction and were recognised as being the fingers of the scientist, who died in 1642. The fingers are displayed in slender, glass cases. Also on display is his tooth. A third finger was already in the museum.

In 1737, admirers of Galileo Galilei removed the three fingers, plus the tooth and a vertebra, from his body as it was being moved from a storage place to a monumental tomb – opposite that of Michelangelo, in Santa Croce Basilica in Florence.


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