The Pair of Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
are an extremely fine example of Father Vicenzo Maria Coronelli's eminent career as a globe-maker; the original gores are presented as they were intended to be seen and mounted on spectacular modern stands, both with four supporting African figures, in antique style by Greaves and Thomas.
Caption: WINDOW TO THE UNIVERSE The aluminum panels on the interior of the dome were custom-printed with mirror-reversed images from Vincenzo Coronelli's celestial globe
Twelve ceiling compartments were to have the forty-eight Ptolemaic constellations, and hinged central compartments could be opened so that terrestrial and celestial globes
Unlike Vermeer's The Geographer, which highlights the cartographer himself, his painting of The Astronomer is dominated by a luminous celestial globe
which the scientist seems to be studying, reflecting on his place in the universe.
His style of portraying the sky mirror-reversed as if on a celestial globe
was already out of fashion by his time.
However, there is another working celestial globe
that uses holes in a dome to produce a realistic illusion of the sky.
The famous Farnese Atlas, a statue on display in Naples dating back to the 2nd century AD, depicts the mythological Titan bearing the weight of a celestial globe
But it was regarded as part of Leo and had no astronomical autonomy until 18 centuries later, when Gerardus Mercator installed it on his celestial globe
The architecture is Islamic, but the constellations, reversed as they would be seen on a celestial globe
, are Greek.
Roughly four centuries later, Sagittarius was being shown as a centaur on the celestial globe
supported by the Farnese Atlas.
There is no evidence Eudoxus had any kind of mechanical device that made an operating model out of an abstract theory, but he did have a celestial globe
that let him delineate the constellations.
Oddly, the sky is painted on the concave ceiling as it would be seen outside of the celestial sphere, and that has led interpreters to conclude the fresco is based upon an inscribed celestial globe