Armillary sphere by Girolamo Della Volpaia

Made:
1554 in Florence, Italy and Tuscany
maker:
Girolamo della Volpaia

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Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere on triple claw feet and inner wooden globe, with inscription 'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Made in 1554 by Girolamo Della Volpaia of Florence, Italy, this brass armillary sphere encloses a manuscript
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Made in 1554 by Girolamo Della Volpaia of Florence, Italy, this brass armillary sphere encloses a manuscript
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere by Caspar Vopel, 1554. Mounted on a triple clawed foot stand with an inner wooden sphere representing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Armillary sphere made by Girolamo Della Volpaia, Florence, Italy, 1554. Inscribed ‘'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae, Florentin, F.1554'.

The armillary sphere is a demonstration device to explain the movements of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets across the sky. Its interlocking rings and zodiac band can be used to teach astronomical principles in same manner as a celestial globe or act as a model of the universe. This armillary sphere encloses a manuscript terrestrial globe and is known as a Ptolemaic armillary sphere because it is based on the idea of the Earth-centred universe. Later examples placed the Sun at the centre and are known as Copernican armillary spheres.

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Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1878-12
type:
armillary sphere
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
  • celestial globe
credit:
Myers and Son

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