Museo Galileo
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Celestial globe
    • Setting:
      Room III
    • Author:
      Willem Jansz Blaeu
    • Date:
      published by Joan Blaeu after 1630
    • Materials:
      paper, wood
    • Dimensions:
      sphere diameter 680 mm, height 1100 mm, width 920 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Celestial globe (Inv. 347)

This colored specimen is one of the undated editions sold by Willem Jansz Blaeu after his globes achieved a major commercial success. Unlike the terrestrial globes in the undated group, which differ in their dedications and their representations of land masses, this celestial globe is substantially identical to the others in the same group (inv. 348 - inv. 2697). It shows the stars identified by Tycho Brahe and Frederik de Houtmann. Paired with the terrestrial globe inv. 353. Provenance: Medici collections.