The Southern Hemisphere of the Celestial Globe, 1515 (probably printed 17th century)



Gift of Richard H. Zinser, 1959expand_more  P.12,788

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The southern sky was largely uncharted until the 16th and 17th centuries when Italian and Dutch explorers began sailing the southern seas. This woodcut, published on the eve of this age of exploration, records the basic state of knowledge in 1515, which was rather spare. Uncharted skies presented great challenges to navigators, since they needed accurate star maps to determine their longitude at sea. Exploration prompted a great push on the part of sailors, merchants, and publishers, particularly in Holland, to map the unknown skies.

The Southern Hemisphere of the Celestial Globe
Artist Life
Accession Number
J.D. Bohm (Lugt 271), Vienna (d. 1865); Field Marshall Franz Ritter von Hauslab (L. 1247), Vienna (d.1883). Richard H. Zinser, Forest Hills, New York (until 1959, given to Mia)
Catalogue Raisonne
B.152; M.259 iii/iv
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