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Celestial globe
    • Setting:
      Room IV
    • Author:
      Vincenzo Coronelli
    • Place:
    • Date:
    • Materials:
      paper, wood
    • Dimensions:
      sphere diameter 1080 mm, height c. 1500 mm, width c. 1500 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Celestial globe (Inv. 2366)
    • Celestial globe (Inv. 2366)

This celestial globe is a reprint of the 1688 Venice edition. It is dedicated by Vincenzo Coronelli to the Most Serene Republic of Venice and the Doge Francesco Morosini. Another inscription recalls that Coronelli was cosmographer to the Venetian Republic and founder of the Accademia degli Argonauti. The star positions are shown for the year 1700; there are 38 northern constellations, the 12 zodiacal constellations, and 33 southern constellations. Their names are in Italian, Greek, and Arabic. Coronelli lists 1,902 stars, as against Ptolemy's 1,022. Paired with the terrestrial globe inv. 2365. Provenance: Medici collections; in 1753, added to the collections of the Osservatorio Ximeniano. Displayed at the first History of Science Exhibition held in Florence in 1929.