Rare 17th Century Celestial Globe at Museo Galileo in Florence restored thanks to Friends of Florence

Dedicated to the rulers of the United Provinces of Belgium, the celestial globe made by Jodocus Hondius Jr. and Adriaen Veen in 1613 shows stars observed by Tycho Brahe and the Antarctic stars recorded by Pietre Dierchsz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman.

Florence, Italy, November 23, 2021…The Museo Galileo in Florence unveiled its newly restored celestial globe of by Hondius Jr. and Adriaen Veen in 1613. The eight-month restoration of the wood and papier-mâché globe—including research and scientific analysis—was made possible by Friends of Florence thanks to a generous gift from Catharin Dalpino who dedicated it to her father, Lt. Col. Milton DalPino. The project was conducted by the Officina del Restauro under the scientific direction of the Museo Galileo and under the supervision of the Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la Città Metropolitana di Firenze e le Province di Pistoia e Prato.