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Willem Jansz Blaeu, Celestial globe


Willem Jansz Blaeu (1571-1638)
Celestial globe, after 1630
Florence, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, inv. 2697

This extremely beautiful celestial globe was made by the most celebrated globe builder of the 17th century. It has a portrait of Tycho Brahe, under whom Blaeu had studied. The names of the finely drawn constellations are given in Latin, Greek and Arabic.