Noah's Ark (Argo Navis or Ship of the Argonauts) from Coelum Stellatum Christianum (Christian Starry Heavens), 1627

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A Catholic lawyer and amateur astronomer, Julius Schiller created a celestial atlas that substituted mythological constellations for Christian ones. The ancient constellation Argo Navis, for example, became Noah's Ark. Here Noah peeks out to see a dove returning with good news. Although Schiller produced a first-rate compendium, he failed to alter the course of astronomical nomenclature.

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Noah's Ark (Argo Navis or Ship of the Argonauts) from Coelum Stellatum Christianum (Christian Starry Heavens)
Artist Life
1579–1637
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Artist
Accession Number
P.14,663
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