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Claude Mellan, Pierre Gassendi, Three maps of the Moon


Claude Mellan (1598-1688), Pierre Gassendi (1591-1655)
Three maps of the Moon, 1637
Abbeville, Musée Boucher de Perthes

These three maps of the Moon by the celebrated engraver Mellan, whose work was commissioned by Pierre Gassendi, show three different phases of the Earth's satellite. They represented a crucial step forward in terms of sheer beauty, realism and accuracy in detail.