Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610

Made:
1603-1610
maker:
Willem Janszoon Blaeu

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Group photograph of Blaeu Globes. LHS. Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial
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Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
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Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on wooden four legged stand, by Willem Jansz Blaeu, Amsterdam, with dedication to Tycho Brahe, dated 1603.

Dated 1603, this celestial globe was made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in Amsterdam, Holland. The Dutch were the first to make printed globes in large numbers and introduced the distinctive the four-legged globe stand. The star map used for this globe is based on the then recent observations made by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The celestial globe is a three-dimensional model of the heavens on which the stars are plotted on the outside of a sphere. Originating in the Ancient World it was probably inspired by the discovery that the Earth was round. The globe could be used to teach and demonstrate various astronomical principles. Until recently most celestial globes were ornate with decorative figures obscuring the stars.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1980-1913
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), iron, paper (fibre product), plaster, wood (unidentified)
type:
celestial globe
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
credit:
David Weston Limited
status:
Permanent collection

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