Made by Michael Ostendorfer / Astronomicum Caesareum / 1540Made by Michael Ostendorfer
Astronomicum Caesareum

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Creator Name: Ostendorfer, Michael
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: German, active 1520-1549
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Michael Ostendorfer
Creator Name: Apianus, Petrus
Creator Role: author
Creator Name-CRT: Written by Petrus Apianus
Title: Astronomicum Caesareum
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Creation Start Date: 1540
Creation End Date: 1540
Creation Date: 1540
Object Type: Books
Materials and Techniques: Hand-colored woodcuts
Dimensions: h: 45.4 cm x w: 32.3 cm x depth: 3.3 cm
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 25.17
Credit Line: Gift of Herbert N. Straus, 1925

This most sumptuous of all Renaissance instructive manuals explained the use of the astrolabe (for taking the altitude of stars) and other instruments used for computing planetary positions. The author, court astronomer to the Emperor Charles V, also provided new observations on the comet of 1531 (Halley's Comet). Only about forty copies of this work survive; very few still have the seed pearls that were originally attached to the string markers on each of the eighteen disks.

AMICA ID: MMA_.25.17
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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