Museo Galileo
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Celestial globe
    • Setting:
      Room III
    • Author:
      Matthäus Greuter
    • Place:
    • Date:
    • Materials:
      paper, wood
    • Dimensions:
      sphere diameter 490 mm, height 1520 mm, width 830 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Celestial globe (Inv. 2702)
    • Celestial globe (Inv. 2702)

Celestial globe, complete with cover. Made by Matthäus Greuter, who claims to have used a globe by Willem Jansz Blaeu as his model. In reality, he also drew on other authors such as Jodocus Hondius and Plancius. The star names are in Latin and Arabic. Also shown are the twelve southern constellations observed during a voyage by the Dutchman Frederick de Houtman to the southern hemisphere, 1595-1597. The English-type stand is very special, with the three curved legs supporting the circular horizon. Paired with the terrestrial globe inv. 2701.