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The iconic depiction of the Copernican solar system

CELLARIUS, Andreas.

Scenographia Systematis Copernicani.
Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1660, First Edition. Original colour with additions. 440 x 515mm.

Some restoration.

The most famous Dutch celestial chart, showing the heliocentric solar system as theorised by Nicolaus Copernicus. A human-faced sun dominates the plate, lighting the sides of four 'Earths', positioned at each equinox, all showing California as an island. The four corners are filled with angels, putti and allegorical figures.

It was engraved by Jan van Loon and published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced.

This example is from the first edition of the atlas; in 1661 a plate number was added bottom right.


Stock ID : 20515

£5,000

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Stock Id :20515

Download Image

The iconic depiction of the Copernican solar system

CELLARIUS, Andreas.

Scenographia Systematis Copernicani.
Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1660, First Edition. Original colour with additions. 440 x 515mm.

Some restoration.

The most famous Dutch celestial chart, showing the heliocentric solar system as theorised by Nicolaus Copernicus. A human-faced sun dominates the plate, lighting the sides of four 'Earths', positioned at each equinox, all showing California as an island. The four corners are filled with angels, putti and allegorical figures.

It was engraved by Jan van Loon and published in the 'Atlas Coelestis; seu Harmonia Macrocosmica', the only celestial atlas to be produced in the Netherlands before the nineteenth century. It was a compilation of maps of the Ptolemaic universe and the more modern theories of Copernicus and Brahe, and remains the finest and most highly decorative celestial atlas ever produced.

This example is from the first edition of the atlas; in 1661 a plate number was added bottom right.


Stock ID : 20515

£5,000

£5,000

Return To Listing