Italian armillary sphere, 1554

Made:
1554 in Florence, Italy and Tuscany
maker:
Girolamo della Volpaia

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Made in 1554 by Girolamo Della Volpaia of Florence, Italy, this brass armillary sphere encloses a manuscript
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Made in 1554 by Girolamo Della Volpaia of Florence, Italy, this brass armillary sphere encloses a manuscript
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Armillary sphere by Caspar Vopel, 1554. Mounted on a triple clawed foot stand with an inner wooden sphere representing
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Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae, Florentin, F.1554', height 19 1/2 inches, diameter 12 inches

Made in 1554 by Girolamo Della Volpaia of Florence, Italy this brass armillary sphere encloses a manuscript terrestrial globe. A finely engraved band with the star patterns of the Zodiac encircles the instrument. The armillary sphere is a demonstration device to explain the movements of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets across the sky. Its interlocking rings can be used to teach astronomical principles in same manner as a celestial globe or act as a model the universe. Based on the premise of an Earth centred universe, the armillary sphere was modified in the seventeenth century to teach the theory that the Earth orbits the Sun.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1878-12
type:
armillary sphere
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
  • celestial globe
credit:
Myers and Son
status:
Permanent collection

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