Museo Galileo
Virtual Museum
Terrestrial globe
    • Setting:
      Room III
    • Author:
      Matthäus Greuter
    • Place:
    • Date:
    • Materials:
      paper, wood
    • Dimensions:
      sphere diameter 490 mm, height 1520 mm, width 830 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Terrestrial globe (Inv. 2701)
    • Terrestrial globe (Inv. 2701)

This terrestrial globe, made by Matthäus Greuter, is complete with cover. The circular horizon rests directly on the three roughly C-shaped legs, creating a rather unusual English-type stand. The three feet are made of chiseled gilt wood. Greuter dedicated the globe to Jacopo Boncompagni. The inscriptions are in several languages and the cartographic imagery is largely borrowed from that of Willem Jansz Blaeu. One novelty is the addition of the name "Nieun Nederland" [New Holland] along the coast of the present United States. The globe is covered with 24 printed paper half-gores and two polar caps cut off at latitudes 80° North and South. Paired with the celestial globe inv. 2702.