Celestial globe by Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Made:
1603
maker:
Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Group photograph of Blaeu Globes. LHS. Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. 
      Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on

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Group photograph of Blaeu Globes. LHS. Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial
Science Museum Group Collection
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Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch celestial globe, 1603-1610 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1603-1610. Celestial globe, 34 cm in diameter, on
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Celestial globe made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1603.

The celestial globe is a three-dimensional model of the heavens on which the stars are plotted on the outside of a sphere. Originating in the Ancient World, this method of representation was probably inspired by the discovery that the Earth was round. The Dutch were the first to make printed globes in large numbers and introduced the distinctive four-legged globe stand. Celestial globes were used to teach astronomy and were paired with terrestrial globes which were used to teach geography.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1980-1913
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), iron, paper (fibre product), plaster and wood (unidentified)
type:
celestial globe
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
credit:
David Weston Limited