A Coronelli print showing aristocrats receiving a geography or astronomy lesson. The students are directed to a huge terrestrial globe, showing just the equator, tropical, eclipical (zodiac), and polar circles. The globe rests on a Baroque stand supported by three turbaned atlas-like monopod term figures. The print has three elaborate Baroque cartouches with dedications by Coronelli to King Louis XIV of France, and Italian dignitaries. .
Vincenzo Maria Coronelli was one of the great geographers, authors and cartographic engravers of the Baroque period, a prolific writer on cartography as well as an esteemed globe maker, commissioned by royal and noble patrons. He was trained in theology and became a friar, but turned his energies increasingly to geography, producing more than 100 large and small globes, several hundred maps, geographic and cartographic publications, and seven volumes of a projected forty-five volume encyclopedia. In 1684 he founded the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti in his native Venice, the first geographical society, mainly devoted to promoting his works.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall toning and wear. Few abrasions restored. Vibrant hand color possibly later enhanced. center fold as issued.
Westfall, Richard S. "Vincenzo Maria Coronelli." Catalog of the Scientific Community. Albert Van. Helden, ed. 1995. http://es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/Catalog/Files/coroneli.html (12 August 2002).