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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.




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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Albrecht Dürer


Celestial Map of the Southern Sky (Imagines coeli meridionalis)


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1515


Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 43.1 × 43.3 cm (17 × 17 1/16 in.); Sheet: 58.5 × 46.3 cm (23 1/16 × 18 1/4 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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