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.
Their spheres show the earth as a terrestrial globe (appropriate to Ptolemy whose works were accompanied by superb land maps) and a celestial globe
(for Strabo, whose writings open with celestial considerations, their Renaissance versions unaccompanied by land maps).
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.
Gerard Mercator born; a Flemish geographer and instrument maker; made an astronomical ring, an astrolabe and celestial globes
More than 30 nautical and maritime artefacts will be showcased at South Tyneside College, including ship models, celestial globes
, chronometers, azimuth compasses, sextants, octants and backstaff dating from 1730 to the 1920s.
The celestial globes
which used to hang in the auditorium have long been removed (but, like most other disassembled parts of the original design, they have been carefully stored).