Planisphere of the Celestial Globe

Planisphere of the Celestial Globe

Francesco Brunacci - 1687
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Product description

The canvas that we propose to you on this page, for the object treated, is distinguished from all the collectibles exhibited here: we are not talking about a planisphere of the terrestrial globe, but rather of the "Planisphere of the celestial globe" by Francesco Brunacci. Here, in short, the emerged lands and the oceans are not represented. Object of the representation are in fact the 67 constellations in use of the seventeenth century, this work being published in 1687. Specifically, here we can identify the 48 Ptolemaic constellations, to which are added among others the 12 constellations of the southern hemisphere introduced by Keyser and Houtman. To conceive this design, Brunacci started from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603, and then took advantage of subsequent studies.

Two celestial globes, namely the Arctic and the Antarctic, accompanied by a series of scrolls showing the necessary information to better interpret the print. To give further elegance to the work, the classic representation of putti above the clouds, as well as - moving away from the habit of accompanying the planispheres with allegorical images - the representation of astronomers at work. This extremely faithful reproduction is made up of 8 single sheets which, like the original, have been mounted on canvas, so as to facilitate their transport and storage. Both the paper and the canvas are 100% pure cotton. A manual press was used for printing, to give the collector the fascinating tactile sensation that only engravings can give. To support the aging, then, is the intelligent use of special.

Our canvases are printed with a hand-press. For this reason, due to their completely handmade nature, it may take more than 30 days for the product to be produced. Each canvas is also available with watercolor coloring by hand.

Technical specifications


92 x 55 cm