The video illustrates the scientific and political significance of Coronelli’s two globes, which offer a concise representation of the Earth and sky, as known at the time, but detailed thanks to their exceptional size (more than 2.3 tonnes by 4 meters in diameter). They are objects of knowledge and emblems of power; originally intended for the Palace of Versailles, today they can be admired in the West Room of the National Library of France.
Project: 9. Travels and travelers: economic, social and cultural connections.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Video
Owner: Manuela Ghizzoni (Modernalia)
Copyright: BnF ou Bibliothèque nationale de France
Abstract: The two globes were made in 1683 by the Venetian cosmographer Vincenzo Coronelli and were offered to Louis XIV by Cardinal d'Estré