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untitled [Farnese Atlas]

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untitled [Farnese Atlas] : L. P. Boilard

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A very decorative chart of the heavens, being a copy of the so-called Farnese Atlas, a Greek second century marble statue depicting the classical god Atlas supporting a celestial globe on his shoulders. Presenting the night sky on paper has always created problems for mapmakers. The earth can be shown on a globe very precisely, whereas the skies, with stars and planets can be shown as from the earth, or from an imaginary perspective, from outside the solar system. Most typically this mirror-reversed "external" orientation became the standard. This untitled plate shows the constellations in traditional form with shaded areas indicating the area of the globe where detail is obscured, on the original, by Atlas's hands, or shoulder and head. Evidence of old folds but an attractive and unusual celestial image.
mapmaker: L. P. Boilard
place and date of publication: Paris c.1750
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 315 by 515mm (12.5 by 20.25 inches).
ref: 42135

Price: £ 380£ 228

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