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Macrocosmic Harmony From the Renaissance to today

Macrocosmic Harmony From the Renaissance to today


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Under the name of Harmonia Macrocosmica a stellar atlas is known that was written by Andreas Cellarius and published in the year 1660. This atlas is formed by copper plate engravings representing the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus and Tycho Brahe.

It includes the atlas Harmonia Macrocosmica 30 double folios painted by hand and in color, which are accompanied by approximately 200 pages of explanatory text in Latin. It is one of the most special works of the XVII, especially for the spectacular nature of his illustrations.

It is believed that Andreas Cellarius was born in 1596 in the small German city of Neuhausen, and died in 1665. He was a mathematician and cartographer who worked as rector of the Latin School of the city of Hoorn. In fact, all the academic works signed by Cellarius were published during his stay at this school, such as his Macrocosmic Harmony, which is a compilation made in 1660 of the most beautiful sky maps of his time.

The works of Cellarius related to astronomy were saved from being included among the books banned by the Catholic Church thanks to the wise Jesuit Athanasius Kircher, who was the one who advocated before the Curia, saying that it was only a history book.

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