Dipartimento di Astronomia e Osservatorio
Astronomico di Bologna
Davide Neri has a Degree in Philosophy and is Ph. D. in Physics.
He is a high school teacher and made research in theoretical physics and
history of science. He also collaborated with the Museum of Physics of the
University of Bologna. At present he creates hypertexts and
The celestial cartography is a grand synthesis of myth, art and science, that has accompanied all the development of the human civilization.
In particular, across the Modern Age, for over three centuries, cartographers and astronomers have been able to conciliate the increasing demand of scientific exactness and the taste of the symbolic and artistic representation of the starry sky, and have produced the most beautiful books ever published.
In these pages we would guide the readers in a short visit through the atlases, preserved in the Library of Dipartimento di Astronomia di Bologna and in private collections, that have countersigned this golden era.
THE XVI CENTURY: THE RENAISSANCE OF CELESTIAL CARTOGRAPHY
Alessandro Piccolomini, De le stelle fisse.
Giovanni Paolo Gallucci, Theatrum Mundi, et Temporis.
THE XVII CENTURY: THE DISCOVERY OF THE SOUTHERN SKY
Johann Bayer, Uranometria.
Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Epitome cosmografica.
THE XVIII CENTURY: OLD AND NEW CONSTELLATIONS
John Flamsteed, Atlas coelestis.
Johann Gabriel Doppelmayer, Atlas coelestis.
Johann Elert Bode, Uranographia.
Author of these pages: Davide Neri - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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