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The oldest painting to feature an image of a watch

A 450-year-old Renaissance painting may be the oldest to feature the image of a watch. The Science Museum is investigating the 450-year-old portrait, thought to be of Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence, holding a golden timepiece. Curators have sent their findings to renaissance experts at the Uffizi gallery in Florence,

How medieval monks measured time

The discovery of a sundial at Inchcolm Abbey in Scotland has shed light (pun intended) on how the Augustinian order who lived there told time. Until now mystery has surrounded the method used by the order to tell time. While well-known in England, the British Sundial Society said there were relatively few dials in