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Celestial globe with table, supported by Hercules, c.1651 (ivory statuette and gilded copper)

Celestial globe with table, supported by Hercules, c.1651 (ivory statuette and gilded copper)


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Celestial globe with table, supported by Hercules, c.1651 (ivory statuette and gilded copper)

MMM5475266 Celestial globe with table, supported by Hercules, c.1651 (ivory statuette and gilded copper); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Celestial globe with table, supported by Hercules, whose hands are seen, with astronomical details that describe stars and constellations, by symbolic figures, including the 47 Ptolemaic constellations, and 2 non-Ptolemaic, 8 of Plancius's constellations. Taking its sources from John Speed's (1552-1629) world map of 1626, but not fully incorporating Speed's information and adding longitude errors. Ivory statuette and gilded copper globe, cartographic sources after 1651 and globe made around 1725.); © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Media ID 38357042

© © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London / Bridgeman Images

Astrology Celestial Globe Copper Signs Of Zodiac Star Stars Symbole Symbolic Imagery Symbolical Representation Symbology Zodiac Sign Zodiac Signs 17th Centuries Geographer Items Symbols Thing


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This stunning print captures the intricate details of a Celestial globe with table, supported by Hercules, dating back to around 1651. The ivory statuette and gilded copper materials used in its creation add a touch of elegance to this celestial masterpiece. The globe is adorned with astronomical details that describe stars and constellations, including the 47 Ptolemaic constellations and 2 non-Ptolemaic ones. Symbolic figures are intricately depicted on the globe, along with 8 of Plancius's constellations. Drawing inspiration from John Speed's world map of 1626, this celestial globe incorporates cartographic sources after 1651 while also featuring longitude errors. The attention to detail in creating this piece is truly remarkable. Displayed at the National Maritime Museum in London, UK, this work of art serves as a testament to the advancements made in astronomy during the seventeenth century. It not only showcases the beauty of celestial bodies but also highlights the importance of symbolism and representation in understanding our universe. This print allows viewers to admire and appreciate the craftsmanship behind this exquisite celestial globe, making it a valuable addition to any art collection or space dedicated to exploring our cosmos.

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