Museo Galileo
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Terrestrial globe
    • Setting:
      Room IV
    • Author:
      Vincenzo Coronelli
    • Place:
    • Date:
      1688 / after 1691
    • Materials:
      paper, wood
    • Dimensions:
      sphere diameter 1080 mm, height c. 1950 mm, width c. 1400 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Terrestrial globe (Inv. 2363)
    • Terrestrial globe (Inv. 2363)

This terrestrial globe is dedicated by Vincenzo Coronelli to the Most Serene Republic of Venice and the Doge Francesco Morosini. The globe, made of papier-mâché, is very easy to handle despite its size. It is covered with 50 printed sheets containing an abundance of up-to-date historical information, such as a mention of the earthquake that destroyed Lima in 1688. There are pictures of animals and persons wearing local costumes. Paired with the celestial globe inv. 2364. Provenance: Medici collections; in 1775, added to the Lorraine collections, which were incorporated into the Museo di Fisica e Storia Naturale of Florence.