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Celestial Map of the Southern Sky (Imagines coeli meridionalis)

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1515

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Maps of the heavens and earth were one of the first printed instruments to be turned into three-dimensional objects—as globes. These began with functional two-dimensional diagrams that were cut out in elongated globe-gore strips and pasted onto spheres. While Dürer’s maps of the northern and southern skies were not meant to be mounted in this way, they were copied hundreds of times for this purpose. Produced as a presentation gift along with a view of the terrestrial globe for a humanist advisor to Emperor Maximilian, the dual view depicts the heavens as if the viewer were observing them from space.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Celestial Map of the Southern Sky (Imagines coeli meridionalis)

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1515

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

431 x 433 mm (image); 585 x 463 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1964.1064

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